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June Is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June Is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

This June during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association® is encouraging all Americans to take charge of their brain health. 

Hispanic Americans are about 1.5 times as likely as White Americans to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Approximately 13% of those 65 or older have Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

The brain changes that cause Alzheimer’s are thought to begin 20 years or more before symptoms start, so  there may be a substantial window of time to intervene. Although some risk factors like age cannot be changed, others — including physical activity, smoking, education, social and mental activity, blood pressure and diet — may be modified to reduce a person’s risk. 

It’s also important to know the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementia and be proactive in addressing them. There are now treatments that may slow disease progression in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s, so a timely diagnosis is critical. If you or a family member is experiencing memory or thinking problems, talk to a trusted doctor to make an informed decision on available treatments and determine if they are right for you. 

To learn more, check out these resources:

• Adopt the 10 Healthy Habits:

• Find information and support: Visit or call the Alzheimer’s Association free 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900, where help is available in any language.

See Also

• Volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association to help reach people in your community:

• Sign up for your local Walk to End Alzheimer’s®:  

BY Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina

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