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June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

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June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

It's the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more people than breast and prostate cancer combined.

June is Alzheimers and Brain Awareness month, a time for advocates to raise awareness about a disease affecting over five million Americans, including roughly 135,000 people in Washington and Idaho.

Every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. While deaths from heart disease dropped 11% between 2000 and 2015, deaths from Alzheimer's climbed 123%. The number of people developing the disease isn't slowing down either.

It' s a frightening diagnosis for those living with the disease and those caring for them. In 2016, there were 81,000 caregivers in the U.S. putting in over 92,000,000 hours of unpaid care.

Nearly 20% of hospice patients have a primary diagnosis of dementia.

There are also ways you can prevent your risk, including eating right and taking care of your heart. Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of cognitive decline, as can breaking a sweat through exercise. Don't just exercise your body - put your mind to the test by staying engaged socially,

or challenging your brain with puzzles or taking a class.

While Alzheimer's disease has no cure and no survivors, June is a month of hope for patients and advocates. They're taking to social media to show their support, using the hashtag #ENDALZ. Walks to end Alzheimer's are planned for September.

For more information on Alzheimer's and for local resources, visit the Washington State chapter of the Alzheimer's Association:

https://www.alz.org/alzwa/

Washington Chapter | Alzheimer's Association

www.alz.org

Our Chapter is here to help people in Washington facing Alzheimer’s and dementia with our 24/7 helpline, educational programs, support groups, message boards, care consultation, online caregiver tools, referrals to local resources and support, and more.

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