Recognizing Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness MonthJune 26, 2020
Fifty million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, giving us the opportunity to raise awareness and maintain the global conversation about the importance of brain health.
During the month of June, you are encouraged to take time to advocate for the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease. Whether you decide to do so through donating to the Alzheimer’s Association or through research and understanding the effects of dementia, your support inspires action.
In recognition of this cause, one of the things we at Winchester Gardens are taking part in is learning about Alzheimer’s and dementia through researching and understanding what this disease is and things we can do now to actively encourage a healthy brain.
A Look into Brain Health
Dementia is a general term for symptoms that point to a decline in cognitive function. This is caused by damage to brain cells that affects communication, which can influence thoughts, behavior and feelings. Alzheimer’s is a specific degenerative brain disease that accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s advances to show more severe symptoms, such as disorientation, behavioral changes or even difficulty speaking and swallowing. There is no cure and no way to prevent Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association list the ten early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia as:
- Memory loss that interrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing belongings and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgement
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood or personality
Beyond understanding what the early signs of this disease are, we’re able to actively take part in our brain health now by participating in activities that improve cognitive function.
Participating in Hobbies: Perhaps the most common and effective way to exercise your brain is through engaging hobbies and continuing education opportunities. Studies have found that these kinds of activities help to stimulate nerve cells and may even help the brain generate new cells. Healthy brain activities include:
- Taking an education course
- Completing puzzles and problems
- Cooking a new recipe
- Learning a new hobby
Maintain Regular Doctor Appointments: Discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider when it comes to your brain health. Also, be sure to check vital signs such as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol to ensure optimal overall health.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle at Winchester Gardens
At Winchester Gardens, along with raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions, we encourage you to take part in supporting your own brain health and cognitive function. We look at the holistic wellness of a person and offer services and amenities that cater to resident needs, such as healthy dining options, engaging activities and socialization opportunities where neighbors become close friends.
Contact our team today to learn more.