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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

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About Alzheimer's Disease

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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

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For More Information

Alzheimer's Association 1-800-272-3900 (toll-free) Website: www.alz.org

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

Website: www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers

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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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