January is Alzheimer Awareness Month

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, which causes thinking and memory difficulties. It is a condition that permanently affects the brain, and over time, makes it harder to remember even basic stuff, like how to tie a shoe.

Eventually, the person may have trouble remembering the names and faces of family members — or even who he or she is. It’s important to know that Alzheimer disease does not affect kids ~ it usually affects people over 40 years of age.

Did you know that over the next 30 years, the number of people living with dementia is expected to more than double?

 How to protect yourself from developing Alzheimer’s Disease:

Give your brain a boost! Doing puzzles like crosswords and word searches is a great way to keep your brain active.  Maintaining a healthy diet and choosing the right foods is a great way to boost the nutrition that feeds your brain. Try our Brain Booster recipe of the month and visit us often for updated puzzles, recipes, stories and exercises to keep your brain healthy.  Visit: http://www.alzheimer.ca/english/brain/brain_boost.htm

 

Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease:

Alzheimer’s disease causes loss of memory, difficulty with day-to-day tasks, and changes in mood and behaviour. People may think these symptoms are part of normal aging but they aren’t.

10 Warning Signs:

  1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function
  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  3. Problems with language
  4. Disorientation of time and place
  5. Poor or decreased judgment
  6. Problems with abstract thinking
  7. Misplacing things
  8. Changes in mood and behaviour
  9. Changes in personality
  10. Loss of initiative

Alzheimer’s Disease Myths:

  • Because someone in my family has Alzheimer’s disease, I’m going to get it.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is only an old person’s disease.
  • Memory loss means Alzheimer’s disease.
  • People with Alzheimer’s disease cannot understand what is going on around them.

For more information visit: Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan or see your local doctor.

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