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June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month.

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. The disease was originally described as "a peculiar disease" — one of profound memory loss. Dementia is not a normal part of aging despite what is said. The brain cells do not communicate effectively which causes issues with communication, thinking, behavior and feelings. Fact… 60-80% of dementia types are from Alzheimer’s. Am I at risk? Age 50 and above. At rare early onset, it can start around age 30.

The biggest risk factor is aging. Aging does not cause it, but it is one of the biggest risk factors.

Some symptoms can include: Trouble remembering new information•coming up with the right word or name•remembering names when introduced•diffilculty performing tasks in work or social settings•losing things•forgetting material just read•trouble with organizing and/or planning•symptoms get more severe as the disease progresses

How can you reduce your chances of Alzheimer’s? Regular exercise•Healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables•Spend time with family and friends•Keep one’s mind active•Control type 2 diabetes •Keep blood pressure and cholesterol normal•Maintain a healthy body weight•Stop smoking•Treat depression•Avoid excess alcohol•Get plenty of sleep

Plan a visit with LyivyDHM to make sure your preventive measures are up to date, and you are getting quality preventive care provided.

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