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Health & Wellness

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

What is it?

Alzheimer's disease is named for Dr. Alois Alzheimer, whose research first brought the condition to light in 1906.  The most common type of dementia, Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain disorder that involves progressive memory loss, difficulty thinking, and behavioral problems.  Over time, these symptoms can grow severe enough to interfere with daily life.

But just because you often forget where you put your keys doesn't mean you're suffering from Alzheimer's.  What differentiates Alzheimer's from normal signs of aging?  If you're concerned that you or someone you know may be displaying symptoms, read about the 10 Signs of Alzheimer's or take an online class to learn what to watch for and when to talk to your doctor.


The recently released Shriver Report, a study by Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer's Association, states that 65% (3.3 million) of Alzheimer's sufferers and 60% (6.7 million) of Alzheimer's caregivers in America are women.  The report estimates that by mid-century, 8 million American women will be diagnosed with the disease.

Global statistics can be found in the World Alzheimer Report 2010, a publication of Alzheimer's Disease International.  Here are some sample facts.

What you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones

As of yet, there is no cure for Alzheimer's.  But research suggests that regular physical exercise, a healthy diet, an active social life, and a challenged mind can all contribute to decreasing your chances of developing the disease and to slowing its progress once it starts.  The Alzheimer's Association's website provides information on current research and tips to reduce your risk.

Where to go for more information, support, and activism

Library resources


  The Alzheimer's Project (DVD)



Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's by Lisa Snyder




Exercises for Brain Health by William Smith

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