According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. The disease is progressive. The symptoms begin mild with memory loss and gradually progress to the inability to perform day-to-day activities. There are two proteins involved in the progression of Alzheimer’s. The first is amyloid which creates plaque deposits on the brain. The next protein is tau, which causes tangles in the brain cells.
At Northfield, we take a proactive approach to the health and wellness of our residents. This approach allows our residents to participate in activities that are good for their brain health and the prevention of dementia. If you want to learn more about how you can help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s or need additional information, reach out at 844.334.1490.
Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is observed in November, designated in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. The purpose of this month is to raise awareness and show support for nearly six million Americans that have the disease. There are several ways that you can observe Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
Donating towards Alzheimer’s disease research is just one of many ways you can observe this awareness month. Some of the places you can donate to include:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Alzheimer’s Family Services Center
- Dementia Society of America
- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
- Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation/Cure Alzheimer’s Fund
Another way to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease is to go on a memory walk. A memory walk is a sponsored walk that raises money for research. There are several organizations that host memory walks. Commonly, people walk in memory of a family member or friend that suffered from the disease.
How to Raise Awareness About Alzheimer’s Disease
One thing you can do to raise awareness is talk about Alzheimer’s disease facts. Below are some important facts about Alzheimer’s disease that may assist friends and loved ones with early detection:
- An early symptom of the disease is loss of sense of smell.
- Drinking coffee serves as a preventative measure.
- Vascular dementia comes from narrowed blood vessels that limit the oxygen to the brain. Therefore, heart disease is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s.
- Women are more greatly affected than men. Female brain shrinkage seems more severe.
Lastly, one way to observe Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is to get screened. Often, the screening test is available for free online. This screening test does not determine whether or not you have the disease. It is recommended that you check with your doctor to get a professional evaluation.
What Memory Care Looks Like At Northfield
At Northfield, we provide our residents with health and wellness services. These services allow our residents to get the most out of independent senior living. Our proactive approach helps residents avoid illness and stay fit. Two key components to our health and wellness program are exercise and social connectedness.
Exercise is important because regular physical activity is good for the body and brain. Research shows that exercise may delay the start of Alzheimer’s for people at risk of developing the disease. Furthermore, exercise can also slow the progress of the disease. This is because exercise keeps blood flowing.
At Northfield, we encourage our residents to socialize with their neighbors. This is because having friends is instrumental to staying healthy. For example, reading and being a part of a book club keeps the mind sharp. Also, having friends to play cards or board games with is beneficial to brain health.
If you have questions about how any of the services at Northfield can benefit you or a loved one, please call us 844.334.1490. One of our staff members will be happy to discuss our amenities and services with you.