#WAM2014 Celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month With Awareness
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- Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- It is estimated that as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease in 2050
- 170,000 senior citizens in Michigan have Alzheimer’s as of 2014
- On average, as of 2010, over 2,500 senior citizens in Michigan die from Alzheimer’s each year
- Eat foods like berries and fish –berries typically contain Alzheimer’s deterrents such as anthocyanosides (memory impairment fighters) and fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna contain docosahexaenoic acid (shown to be higher in those without Alzheimer’s in various studies).
- Exercise your brain- activities like puzzles and learning a new language keep your mind in top shape by requiring focus and concentration.
- Adopt Mediterranean eating habits– Studies have shown that people who remained adherent to a Mediterranean style diet typically had a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s than those who did not.
- Spread awareness– Use social media to spread recognition of the disease and add the month’s hashtag, #WAM2014, to applicable posts.
- Participate to help find a cure– Michigan events like the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Marquette, among others, are great for both exercise and awareness throughout the fall.