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Alzheimer's and you: strategies for reducing your risk.

A Message Brought to you by your Parish Nurse

Alzheimer's Disease Quick Facts

5.3 million older Americans have Alzheimer's

Every 70 seconds, a patient is diagnosed with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's can not be cured but treatment may slow the disease process.

You have more options for treatment with an early diagnosis


About Alzheimer's Disease


Early Signs and Symptoms

* Forgetting newly learned information

* Difficulty with problem-solving

* Unable to find the right word

* Disoriented to time & place

* Loss of judgment

* Difficulty with familiar tasks

* Changes in mood / personality

Risk Factors

* Age: After age 65, risks double every 5 years until age 85 when risk is 50%

* Family History: Risk rises if diagnosed in parents or siblings

* History of serious head injury

* Vascular Damage: Heart disease & diabetes damage blood vessels which can impair blood flow to the brain


For More Information

Alzheimer's Association 1-800-272-3900 (toll-free) Website:

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center (National Institutes of Health) 1-800-438-4380 (toll-free)



What You Can Do....

1. Exercise at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week

2. Eat 5-9 servings of vegetables & fruits daily

3. Use your mind: take a class, read a book, do a puzzle

4. Stay socially active with family and friends

5. Wear seat belts, helmets, & fall-proof your home

6. Keep active in your faith community

7. Take time every day to pray
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Date:Jun 22, 2009
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