Sunday, September 4, 2022

Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s (World Alzheimer's Month)

The whole month of September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Every year there is a different theme for the Alzheimer’s awareness campaign. This year the theme is “Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s.” This campaign aims on giving support to diagnosed people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. It also centers on the risk factors of getting Dementia or Alzheimer’s. There are twelve risk factors to take into consideration when reducing your chances of getting diagnosed with Dementia or with Alzheimer’s.

There are risk factors that can be changed to make your chances less of getting diagnosed with this disease or other brain diseases. Quit smoking if you already smoke and limit your alcohol consumption. Exercise more when you are indoors or doing outside activities which will make you physically and mentally fit. Take care of your diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. Staying physically and mentally active should be a priority for reducing the chances of getting Dementia or other neurological diseases.

Practice being peaceful and learn how to calm down. Neurological diseases affect the nervous system. It is a nervous system disorder that affects the brain and nerve cells. Also, getting an auditory exam may prevent future hearing loss. Do not feel humiliated if you must wear hearing aids. Hearing aids may reduce getting dementia.

Most importantly stay upbeat and try not to get too depressed. Depression is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases because it overpowers the nervous system. When depression is severe, you do not want to socialize with anyone. Shutting yourself from the world is not healthy for your mental state. It is best to get treated for depression immediately through psychiatric therapy.

More risk factors cannot be changed to reduce the risk of getting these diseases. Air pollution, head injuries, and lack of education make it difficult to reduce your chances. However, taking care of your mental and physical health will make you feel better. Below is the infographic for the twelve risk factors for Dementia. Also, there is a link for World Alzheimer’s Month.


Infographic from Alzheimer's Disease International

World Alzheimer's Month-Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) (Alzheimer's International Organization):

World Alzheimer’s Month | Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) (

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