During the month of June, many will wear purple or shine a purple light for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Scientists are working hard on Alzheimer’s research to find treatments for this brain disease and others like it, such as dementia, MS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and more.
The Current State of Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Health
Research shows that more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. One in three elderly patients dies with Alzheimer’s or dementia, making it the sixth leading fatality in the United States. Alzheimer’s awareness, research studies, and learning more about brain health are all essential to our collective well-being.
Alzheimer’s Disease Facts
Did you know that 15 million caregivers give 18 billion hours of their time, unpaid to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease? Many take on an extra job or postpone retirement in order to become a caregiver, spending about $5,000 a year for Alzheimer’s care. For some families, this is a dire strain on their resources. Mobilizing family, friends and coworkers to recognize the urgency and necessity of Alzheimer’s treatment in the years to come is especially important, not just this month, but all year round.
It will cost America 236 billion dollars this year to care for Alzheimer’s patients, and may cost up to one trillion dollars by 2050 if a cure has not been found.
So what can you do for better brain health?
- Exercise at least 3-5 times a week
- Hobbies like puzzles, games or other mental stimulation
- Eating a Mediterranean diet
- Sleeping for six hours or more
- Connecting with family and friends, and socializing regularly
Remember to wear purple this month and spread the word about the importance of brain health. Together, we can make a difference with awareness and action.
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