Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. 6.2 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2021. Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language, and can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. Someone with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may experience one or more of the following:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
  • Changes in mood, personality, or behavior.

Even if you or someone you know has several of these signs, it doesn’t mean it’s Alzheimer’s disease. Although it affects each person differently and the cause is still unknown, the science on risk reduction is quickly evolving. There is growing evidence that people who adopt healthy lifestyle habits — like exercise and blood pressure management — may lower their risk of dementia.