Did you know that 5.8 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimerâ€™s and dementia? That means whether or not you or someone you know has struggled with the disease, there is a very good chance that you will in your lifetime. November is National Alzheimerâ€™s Disease Awareness Month, and itâ€™s a good time to check in with the Alzheimerâ€™s playbook on how to prevent and manage the disease.
Ten percent of all Americans over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with Alzheimerâ€™s disease. With numbers like that, it would be nearly impossible (not to mention expensive) to provide around-the-clock medical care for every patient. Thatâ€™s why the care, ends up being the responsibility of friends and family. In fact, 16 million Americans are currently providing unpaid care for someone with Alzheimerâ€™s. Itâ€™s a heavy task to bear, but there are some tips in the Alzheimerâ€™s playbook that can help make it a little easier.
Alzheimerâ€™s Warning Signs
Knowing the warning signs of dementia and Alzheimerâ€™s is important, because catching it early can help you prepare and even slow the effects of the disease. Hereâ€™s what to look for:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating and following a plan
- Difficulty completing normal daily tasks
- Losing track of time and places
- Trouble with vision and balance
- Repeating words or having trouble following a conversation
- Misplacing items often
- May have a disheveled appearance
- Withdrawing from social activities
- Mood swings and changes in personality
According to the Alzheimerâ€™s playbook, if you notice these signs about yourself or someone you know, you should immediately get checked out by a doctor. Early detection is important. It can give you access to treatments that may relieve symptoms and slow the development of the disease. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimerâ€™s.
Slowing Alzheimerâ€™s Progression
We may not have a cure, but studies show there are ways to slow the progression of Alzheimerâ€™s. These are simple changes that can be made in your everyday life, that can have a big impact on you future. They include:
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Exercising regularly
- Taking memory support supplements (such as Ceriva and GingkoRose by Metagenics)
- Taking CoQ10 supplements such as those from Nordic Naturals or CoQ10 30 Mg from Pure Encapsulations
- Doing crossword puzzles
- Going to the doctor regularly for checkups
- Get plenty of sleep
- Get plenty of folic acid such as from Standard Process
Tips for the Caregiver
- Coach Broyles Playbook for Alzheimerâ€™s Caregivers
- Plan for whatâ€™s ahead with the patient
- Connect with other caregivers in your community
- Join online support groups
- Educate yourself on the disease
For more information on Alzheimerâ€™s disease for both the patient and caregiver, log on anytime to alz.org, or call (800) 272-3900.