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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

We’d say that most people are familiar with the term Alzheimer’s, but would venture to guess not many know a lot about it beyond the name. Since November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, we’re providing you with some of the basics.

  • Currently, there is no cure.
    • Alzheimer’s was discovered more than 100 years ago, but there is still no known cure or known way to stop the progression. However, there are treatments that can be used for some symptoms.
  • Aging does not mean “getting Alzheimer’s”
    • While it’s true that the mind of a 90-year-old will not be the same as a 30-year-old, getting Alzheimer’s is not a guarantee that comes with it.
  • Diet and exercise may help with early-onset symptoms.
    • Eating a mediterranean diet that is high in fat and low in carbs may help with early-onset symptoms, but has not been shown to help the actual progression of the disease.
  • 2 out of 3 Alzheimer’s patients are women.
    • No one really knows why women are more prone to the disease, although the gender gap is slowly closing. It has been suggested that perhaps the closing educational and occupational gap between men and women over the decades may play a part, but that suggestion is merely an observation.
  • Researchers are dedicated to finding a cure
    • Research into the mystery that is Alzheimer’s has not let up. Observational and clinical research is constantly being conducted, and research scientists are always looking for volunteers to help in their work.

At the Village, we have a specialized memory care facility specifically for those struggling with Alzheimer’s. For more details, visit our memory care page.