Fellow blogger + sponsor, Melissa, brought to my attention that in Canada, January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. She asked if she could put together a TMST about the disease + I thought it was a fantastic idea!
As an advocate of Alzheimer’s Disease, I thought Teach Me Something Thursday would be a great opportunity to share some Alzheimer’s knowledge.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is essentially a brain disease where brain cells progressively degenerate. This irreversible disease results in the deterioration of thinking ability and memory.
Some important info:
- There is currently no known cause or cure for Alzheimer’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging
- Alzheimer’s disease is not an ‘old persons’ disease - people in their 40’s and 50’s have been diagnosed
- Memory loss is not the only sign of Alzheimer’s disease
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
- Memory loss that affects day-to-day abilities
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks
- Problems with language
- Disorientation in time and space
- Impaired judgement
- Problems with abstract thinking
- Misplacing things
- Changes in mood and behavior
- Changes in personality
- Loss of initiative
What can you do?
There is nothing you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease but you can do things to lower your risk, such as:
- Challenge your brain. This would include playing games (ex. word puzzles, cards), learning a new language or instrument and even things like brushing your teeth with your left hand instead of right hand.
- Be socially active. Engage with coworkers, volunteer or join a social group/club (ex. Rotary International, book club).
- Healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy, exercising, reducing stress (ex. meditation, yoga) and regular visits to your doctor will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.