Did you know Alzheimer's disease kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined? In fact, every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease.
National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's disease is “a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.”
November is the national Alzheimer's awareness month. We’re honored to partner with the Alzheimer's Association. During the month of November, 20% of the sales from our purple bottle will go to the Alzheimer's Association to help bring awareness to this disease.
The impact of Alzheimer's disease
As the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, we believe there needs to be more awareness about this disease. With 5.7 million people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, most of us are impacted by it one way or the other.
- Alzheimer's disease is now the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
- Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
- An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's disease in 2018.
- 1 in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's disease.
- Approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
- Alzheimer’s kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
- In 2018, Alzheimer’s and other dementia will cost the United States $277 billion.
What you can do to protect your cognitive health
Most people believe that taking care of our brain is something we need to do later on in life. But did you know that brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease may begin 20 or more years before symptoms appear?
In light of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we want to inform you of the disease and also show you how to protect your own brain.
Click on the image above to download the Alzheimer's Association 10 Ways to Love Your Brain PDF (credit: Alzheimer's Association).
Here are 10 ways provided by the Alzheimer’s Association to help keep your brain healthy.
- Keep learning: Formal education has been shown to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
- Quit smoking: Smoking increases the chance of cognitive decline.
- Keep your heart healthy: Risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, negatively impact your cognitive health.
- Protect your head: Brain injury can increase your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. So, don’t forget to wear a helmet on your next bike ride and always buckle up!
- Eat right: Maintaining a healthy diet that’s higher in vegetables and fruit can help decrease cognitive decline.
- Sleep well: A lack of sleep may impair your brain function.
- Maintain mental health: Some studies have linked depression with cognitive impairment. Be sure to seek treatment if you’re feeling depressed or experienced ongoing anxiety or high levels of stress.
- Be social: Research suggests that staying socially active may support brain health.
- Challenge yourself: Force yourself to think and tackle problems. Consider a new hobby or play games.
- Be active: Studies have shown that physical activity reduces the risk of cognitive decline. So go for a walk, join a gym, or go to an exercise class.
Want to learn more about Alzheimer’s?
Order your purple bottle today to help spread awareness this November. And visit the Alzheimer’s Association website to learn more. And if you're a caregiver of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer's, consider downloading the Alzheimer's Association's 10 Ways to Manage Caregiver Stress resource below (credit: Alzheimer's Association).