May 31, 2018 by Jorge Preciado
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by a gradual but steady decline in memory and thinking skills. It is the most common type of dementia, affecting millions of older adults in the United States. The most common Alzheimer’s symptoms include difficulty remembering recent events, sometimes even loved ones, confusion and disorientation, poor judgment, personality changes, frequent mood swings, and memory loss.
Later stages of Alzheimer’s disease leave seniors completely dependable on others and unable to take care of themselves and their needs. Therefore, the majority of Alzheimer’s patients require an adequate support system provided by either family, advanced home care services or assisted living institutions.
To promote National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in Fairfield, CA, advanced home care experts share 8 facts about Alzheimer’s disease every senior should know:
• Leading a healthy lifestyle is crucial for good brain health – Older adults can maintain cognitive functions and significantly lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s with certain lifestyle changes. For this reason, advanced home care experts suggest eating healthy foods, adopting a senior-friendly exercise regimen, quitting smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption.
• Physical activity keeps your brain healthy – Regular exercise promotes better blood supply to the brain, increases growth hormone levels, and sustains brain volume. Cardio exercises are often recommended to seniors who wish to improve cognitive and mental health.
• Prolonged TV watching is the only free-time activity that has been linked to cognitive decline – Binging in front of the TV screen is a passive, detrimental activity that can lead to a decrease in brain functions.
• Annually, Alzheimer’s disease has higher mortality rates than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.
• Among the leading causes of death in America, Alzheimer’s disease is the only condition that can’t be prevented or slowed down. There is currently no cure for this disease.
• Statistics on Alzheimer’s show that every 66 seconds a person in the United States develops the condition.
• The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is higher in women – Females constitute nearly two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s patients in the United States.
• An estimated 15 million caregivers in the United States provide facilitated and advanced home care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
Help raise senior awareness by educating your loved one about the risk factors and consequences of Alzheimer’s disease. Wear purple this May as a sign of support for National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Let’s make a difference together.