Make Alzheimer’s a Distant Memory

Healthy Teenage Brains Lead to Healthy Aging Brains

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Younger generations need to start caring about their brain health now. Many associate the words “Alzheimer’s” and “dementia” with older/elderly people and this is proving to be a massive problem. First of all, what is Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s disease is dramatic and irreversible cognitive decline, which erodes memory, basic abilities, and thinking skills. It falls under the umbrella term of “dementia,” which includes other conditions of a similar kind. There is no known cure, and there is yet to be a survivor of dementia. Alzheimer’s, the most common strain, is often known as “the silent killer.” Though it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, it is not often discussed, nor is it sufficiently covered in school health programs (CDC-FastStats). This association with old age is an issue, as Alzheimer’s begins to develop 20-30 years before prognosis, meaning that you could have Alzheimer’s developing in your brain by the time you graduate from college (“HFC | Bringing Light to Alzheimer’s”)

Cases are rising exponentially and this will have a great effect on our generation as we will be the caregivers for those impacted, a circumstance that can be immensely draining, emotionally and physically. Dealing with the disease is incredibly painful for everyone involved. It currently has and will continue to have a great effect on the American economy, as well, as it is among the top five most expensive diseases in the country. Additionally, it is projected to cost the nation up to 1.1 trillion dollars by 2050. Very little funding is exerted in the search for a cure or into support for caregivers, leaving many hopeless and afraid. This is why it is so crucial to be conscious of the situation now. Though there is no cure, there is science to back the notion that 1 in 3 cases may be preventable (“HFC | Bringing Light to Alzheimer’s”). It’s never too early, or too late, to build healthy habits that will protect you and your brain. 

Things like…

  • Getting adequate amounts of sleep 
  • Eating brain-healthy foods 
  • Physical exercise  
  • Maintaining cognitive fitness/an active mind  
  • Working towards emotional well-being   

…are all key factors in Alzheimer’s prevention and general health in every area of your life. Visit www.wearehfc.org for more information on these five habits and on Alzheimer’s care/prevention. See www.alz.org for more quick statistics to gain a better understanding of the disease’s impact and how it may affect you. We don’t have to accept this future. Fighting for a cure and hindering the progress of this disease can start with you. Brain health is extremely important, so let’s start treating it that way.