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5 Facts about Alzheimer's disease & The Senior Brain

Jun 6, 2018 by Lisa Carson RN, BSN

Senior Caregivers of Lubbock, TX from Comfort Keepers

5 Facts about Alzheimer’s disease & The Senior Brain

June is the National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in the United States, which inspired us to discuss this issue. Alzheimer’s is one of not too many diseases that are still without a cure. This progressive brain disorder can’t even be slowed down.

It starts with the symptoms like confusion and disorientation, progressing to more serious issues such as memory loss, personality change, and so on. The final stage of the Alzheimer’s is, unfortunately, death. The only silver lining is that there’s evidence that Alzheimer’s can be prevented.

Information is power and the more we learn about Alzheimer’s disease, the better. The more help you have with senior caregivers, the easier it will be. With that in mind, here are some facts about this brain disorder that show how serious it is.

  1. Healthy lifestyle lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s – It is suggested that our genes have less to do with the risk of Alzheimer’s than our lifestyle. People who smoke, drink, and live sedentary lives are more likely to develop this or some similar brain disorder when they reach their senior years.
  2. Watching television increases the risk of Alzheimer’s – The reason is that this is a leisure activity in which the brain doesn’t have to be engaged completely.
  3. Alzheimer’s is more likely to affect women than men – Almost two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s sufferers in the United States are women.
  4. Alzheimer’s is one of the most common causes of death in the US – This is a disease that kills more people in America than breast and prostate cancer combined.
  5. Over 15 million senior caregivers are providing care to Alzheimer’s patients in the United States.

If you would like to get involved in this cause, you can ask senior caregivers from Comfort Keepers of Lubbock, TX to provide you with more info. Call (806) 228-7359 to get ahold of them.

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