Today, Samantha Sathre joined us from our local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is the Education Coordinator.
 

About Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Samantha reported that 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. 1 in 5 people have a family member with Alzheimer’s. 1 in 2 people will have a family member within the next 15 years.
 

Community Education Programs

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter offers training and education to families, caregivers, professionals and general audiences on a variety of topics. The 24/7 helpline is in place to offer reliable information, advice and support from trained and knowledgeable staff. Local resources include face-to-face support groups and educational programs, many geared toward informing and empowering individuals in early-stages of alzheimer's. Support programs, educational programs, and early-stage engagement programs are also available. As always, there are online tools readily available on the alz.org/eastohio website. 
 

What We Can Do Now

  • Heart-brain connection: the risk of developing Alzheimer’s appears to be increased by many conditions that damage the heart and blood vessels. These include heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. 
  • Physical health and exercise: reduces inflammation, stimulates release of growth factors and promotes new brain cells, facilitates information processing and memory functions, reduces stress, elevates mood. 
  • Diet and nutrition: avoid saturated/trans fats, butter/margarine, white enriched flour, processed foods, solid fat, sugar, artificial sweeteners and salt, deep-fried food, unhealthy fast foods.
  • Cognitive activity: keep your mind active to form new connections among brain cells. Cognitive activity encourages blood flow to the brain, and mentally stimulating activities may possibly maintain or even improve cognition.
  • Stay social: social engagement is associated with living longer with fewer disabilities. Staying engaged in the community offers you an opportunity to maintain your skills, and remaining both socially and mental active may support brain health and possibly delay the onset of dementia.