November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Did you know that every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease? More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and by the year 2050 this number could rise as high as 16 million. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; increasingly needing to rely on memory aids (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things that used to require no assistance.

There are no clear answers on how to prevent Alzheimer’s disease yet; however, current studies suggest that a heart-healthy diet, an active lifestyle, intellectual stimulation and social engagement may help brain health as we age.

Have you or a loved one been recently diagnosed? Learn more about the next steps you can take here.

HealthStreet is actively connecting people with Alzheimer’s to research studies. Contact Beatrice Dorestil at (352)294-4880 or email about studies or other resources.