November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; but today, that number has soared to nearly 5.4 million.
Did you know that there are lifestyle habits that can help you maintain or potentially improve your health as you age?
These habits fit into four categories:
- Physical health and exercise
- Diet and nutrition
- Cognitive activity
- Social engagement
All of these healthy lifestyle habits can help keep your body and brain healthy and potentially reduce your risk of cognitive decline.
Research has suggested that combining good nutrition with mental, social and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity.
Embrace lifestyle habits that improve your overall health, such as exercising, consuming a nutritious diet, and staying cognitively and socially active. Science has shown that these may support brain health as well. It’s never too late, or too early to make changes to achieve a healthier lifestyle .
Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.