Symptoms of Alzheimer’s & How to Help
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Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic: one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death in the Top 10 that cannot currently be prevented or cured.
More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, and there are an estimated 16 million caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In the United States someone develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds.
If you need assistance finding a doctor with experience evaluating memory problems, your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter can help. Early diagnosis and intervention methods are improving dramatically, and treatment options and sources of support can improve quality of life.
As research is ongoing, growing evidence indicates people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits, including:
- Regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate increases blood flow to the brain and body (check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine. You don’t want to overdo it!)
- Read daily:education is not just for students, it’s for all of us at any stage of life!
- Quit Smoking
- Take care of your heart: evidence shows that the same risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke (obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes) can negatively impact cognitive health too.
- Protect your head from injury: wear a helmet when bike riding, always wear a seat belt in a car, and take steps to prevent falls.
- Eat healthy: a balanced diet low in fat, higher in fruit and vegetables can help reduce risk of cognitive decline.
- Get regular sleep: insomnia and sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.
- Manage stress: anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns increase your risk of cognitive decline.
- Stay social! Being engaged in activities within your community – volunteering, or just staying active with friends and family.
- Challenge your mind: completing jigsaw puzzles, doing something artistic, playing strategic games all may have short and long-term brain benefits.
Here are a few informational links on key positive lifestyle habits:
Tips on how to stay physically active: www.alz.org/brain-health/stay_physically_active.asp
Tips on adopting a healthy diet: www.alz.org/brain-health/adopt_healthy_diet.asp
Tips on staying mentally and socially active: www.alz.org/brain-health/stay_mentally_socially_active.asp
Join Us and Help Out
You can help out by getting involved in an Alzheimer’s fundraiser, like San Antonio’s annual “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” – this year’s walk will be on October 20th. Visit www.act.alz.org for more information!
If there are any Fiesta medal collectors out there, proceeds from North Park Lincoln’s 2018 medals ($10 each), as in past years will go to our local San Antonio & South Texas chapter of Alzheimer’s Association, to help them fund research, and caregiving efforts. Our medal shape this year was inspired by the crown of Rey Feo, and inside we put our all-new 2018 Navigator, which is anything but feo of course! At the base of the crown are flowers representing our city’s signature “Battle of Flowers” parade, and the four flowers at the top of the medal were given colors that represent those who battle Alzheimer’s every day: blue for those who have Alzheimer’s, yellow for those who care for someone with Alzheimer’s, purple for those who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s, and orange for those who support the mission of Alzheimer’s Association, and their vision of a world one day without Alzheimer’s. Our sales showroom and parts counter (both at 9207 San Pedro) will have the medals – and our own Rachael Veilleux is the artist who drew the design! Thanks to everyone who helps whether financially, by donating their time, or providing care for an Alzheimer’s patient – it all helps, and keeps us all connected. Thank you!
Alzheimer’s is a disease that is affecting more and more of our friends and family. We all need to be aware of the signs and symptoms, and of the resources we can turn to for help. Remember you’re not alone! If you’re interested in volunteering or participating in any of the Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser events, please visit alz.org/sanantonio, or give them a call at 1-800-272-3900.