Although awareness of Alzheimer's disease is important every day of the year, June is an opportunity to bring extra attention to brain health and understand Alzheimer's disease better. Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month is more than just putting on purple—it's a push to bring positive change to the movement.
Over 47 million people worldwide live with an Alzheimer's diagnosis, and experts expect that number to rise significantly. While there is not a cure for Alzheimer’s currently, there are many ways that people can reduce their risk and even slow the progression if there is a diagnosis.
Take a proactive stance when it comes to health. Studies show that people who are more physically active suffer lower rates of cognitive decline. Engaging in lifelong learning has a positive effect on brain health. Also, when people set the stage for a good night’s sleep, they’re giving their brains the rest they need for improved memory and thinking. Diet can also significantly affect cognitive decline and health. Reducing refined and processed foods and increasing fruits and vegetables support brain health. Researchers continue to study how diet affects people as they age, both with and without Alzheimer's. Combining improvements in diet with other positive health changes can greatly increase the quality of life.
Memory care is one of the pillars of the arc of care at Twin Lakes Community in Burlington, North Carolina. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), we provide all levels of care should the need arise and facilitate our resident’s independence for as long as it is safe. Twin Lakes offers specific memory care options within our Moneta Springs Memory Care residence, which also houses The Harbor Adult Day Care program. Moneta Springs is available for residents of Twin Lakes and the broader community. For further information, please call 336-585-1572.