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JUNE IS ALZHEIMER’S & BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH

June 6, 2024

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a global initiative led by the Alzheimer’s Association. During this month, everyone is encouraged to “Go Purple” and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. 

 

Want to get involved? 5 ways you can raise awareness and help End Alzheimer’s right now:

  1. Wear Purple: Purple is the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement. By wearing purple, you show your support and help spread awareness.
  2. Take the Go Purple Challenge: Join the Alzheimer’s Association Facebook group and participate in the challenge. Share your commitment to raising awareness for Alzheimer’s.
  3. Share Your Story: Use the hashtag #ENDALZ on Instagram, Facebook, or X (formerly Twitter) to share why you raise awareness for Alzheimer’s. Be part of the Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness gallery!
  4. Join the Conversation: Follow @alzassociation to stay in the know about ways you can take action this month! Stay informed by visiting https://www.alz.org/ for the latest updates in research, events, and more! 
  5. Fight the Darkness: On June 21, the summer solstice, people worldwide will participate in fundraising activities to ‘Fight the Darkness’ of Alzheimer’s. Join the fight and be part of the next treatment breakthrough.

Remember, everyone with a brain is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and it’s the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowedHere are 5 ways to boost your brain health:

    1. Daily Walks: Walks are proven to enhance creativity, boost your mood, and encourage cell turn over!
    2. Sleep: Sleep helps form and maintain the pathways in the brain that allow for learning and creating new memories.
    3. Diet: Eating a variety of nutritious foods can help improve brain health, memory, and alertness. Some foods that may be good for brain health can be found, here!
    4. Exercise Your Brain: Brain exercises can help maintain and boost brain function, which may help protect the brain from age-related degeneration. A few things to try: Puzzels, Meditation, Socializing, Dancing, Learning a New Language or Hobby, etc.
    5. Protect Your Head
      • Protect against concussions by wearing an approved helmet when engaging in sporting activities such as skating, skiing, skateboarding, rollerblading and cycling. …
      • Drive safely and always wear a seat belt to reduce injuries in an accident.
      • Use safety features like handrails to prevent falls.

Let’s work together to raise awareness and make a difference not only in the month of June but all year long!

 

Blog Authors: Dr. Sandra Guidry & Jozie LaViolette

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