November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and November 15th is National Memory Screening Day.
Research suggests lifestyle changes can reduce risk for dementia. A new, theoretical analysis finds that about half of the risk factors for Alzheimer's disease are potentially changeable, and that reducing them could substantially decrease the number of new cases of disease worldwide. Similar to the idea that joint health starts with physical exercise to keep your muscles strong, brain health starts with social and mental exercise to reduce stress, strengthen brain cells and the connections between them, and possibly even create new nerve cells.
So if you want to keep your knees, exercise your leg muscles, and if you want to keep your wits, exercise your brain.
Here's a memory checklist put forth by The Memory Disorder Center at North Broward (Florida) Medical Center.
If you answered yes to five or more questions, it is recommended that you discuss this with your healthcare professional.
JF&CS offers neuropsychological evaluations for older adults. These non-invasive, paper and pencil type tests are designed to provide information about an individual’s memory and cognitive functioning to determine if problems are consistent with normal age-related cognitive decline or some other cause.
For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Howell, please contact Cori Sackin, Resource Support Specialist in Tools for Aging, at 770.677.9411 or email@example.com.