June: Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
If you have a loved one at our Alzheimer’s Home, you have likely done a thorough research on exactly how big the problem of Alzheimer’s is. You probably already know that this problem will only become worse as the Baby Boomer population moves into the age of risk for Alzheimer’s, unless we can push harder to find a cure.
If you have a family history of Alzheimer’s, you start with a 20% increased risk of also developing Alzheimer’s
Even before you hit 65 years old, before any other factors, you are already at risk. During the month of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness, we should look at how the Care Partners help your loved ones with Alzheimer’s, as well as the things we can do for ourselves and our family members who do not have Alzheimer’s Disease.
Say hello to your little friend:
As humans, our advanced brains have set us apart from every other animal on the planet. The Alzheimer’s Association has an interactive tour of your brain that can be found here: Interactive Brain Tour
While scientific evidence on how diet can affect cognitive functioning, there are some studies that link the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and the Mediterranean Diet to benefits in reducing heart disease and dementia. For more information about these diets and how they may benefit you and your loved ones, click here: Adopt a Healthy Diet
Support your brain’s health with support groups:
Support groups offer your brain a safe place to open up about the struggles you face helping care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. A good place to start is the Alzheimer’s Association. They have a List of Houston and Southeast Texas Support Groups to help your brain find its happy place.
Learn more about Alzheimer’s
Check out the Events Calendar at ALZTEX.org (the Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association) to find upcoming events.
You have experts that can answer your questions about Alzheimer’s disease. The Director at Village Green, Jude Goodson, is our resident expert. You can also contact the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900