Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is also considered a mental illness. This condition affects memory, cognition, thoughts, mood and judgment. It is an illness because it changes the way we function and interact with everything we do daily. And, September 2014 marks the third global World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma and discrimination faced by persons living with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers.
The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2014 is ‘Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?’, focusing on ways we may be able to help reduce our risk of developing dementia with brain healthy lifestyles. In general what is good for the heart is also good for the brain: healthy meals and eating; eliminate smoking, and physical activity. Do what you can today to make a difference.