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It’s Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month – Join Us in Learning About Brain Disease

It’s Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month – Join Us in Learning About Brain Disease

Here are a few facts that might be of interest regarding Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.

Our health is important. The healthier we are, the better able we are to enjoy spending time doing the things we love, with the ones we love. However, sometimes our health takes a toll on us, especially when it comes to brain diseases. June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Join us in learning more about brain diseases.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia. It’s a brain disease in which plaque builds in the brain, decreasing a person’s cognitive ability. The disease generally affects people later in life, around their 60s. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include confusion, forgetfulness, mood swings, difficulty performing everyday tasks, slurred speech, and other forms of cognitive issues.

Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million people in the U.S.
  • It’s one of the leading causes of disease in the U.S.
  • Alzheimer’s kills more people than both breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Dementia versus Alzheimer – what’s the distinction?

  • The term dementia is used to describe a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulty thinking, problem-solving, or issues with language. Dementia is caused by damage to the brain cells, and because Alzheimer’s is a disease that destroys the brain, it is one of the most common causes of dementia.
  • However, issues other than Alzheimer’s can cause dementia. Other common causes of dementia are Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

What Treatments are available?

  • Treatment of dementia depends on its cause. In the case of most progressive dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, there is no cure and no treatment that slows or stops its progression. But there are drug treatments that may temporarily improve symptoms.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show in participating in Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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