Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Researchers are racing to accelerate progress and find methods of treatment and prevention. But without the participation of people like you, finding a cure is nearly impossible.
Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® is a free, clinical studies matching service for individuals living with dementia, caregivers and healthy volunteers. TrialMatch is easy to use ― it takes only minutes to create a confidential user profile. As a result, you’ll receive a customized list of studies that may be a match for you.
Risk factors for vascular disease (problems with blood circulation) — like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — may also be risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and stroke-related dementia. Because Hispanics are more likely to have vascular disease, they may also be at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s.
Brain-Healthy lifestyle can help reduce risk for cognitive decline
While there is still no way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, research shows that key lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of cognitive decline. The Alzheimer’s Association® offers 10 Ways to Love Your Brain — tips that may reduce risk of cognitive decline.
For many, the fun of summer includes vacation travel and day trips. With planning and simple tips, people living with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them can continue to enjoy traveling.
The disease advances over time, and travel plans should reflect this progression. Early on, someone may be able to fly independently with an airline escort to and from their gate. As needs change, a person may require wheelchair transport through an airport and the constant presence of a caregiver. The following tips can make traveling less stressful and more rewarding:
May brings Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate the women who inspire us. It’s also an opportunity to learn how Alzheimer’s disproportionately impacts women as people living with the disease and caregivers.
Women are at the center of the Alzheimer’s epidemic. According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, almost two-thirds of the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women. Even more shocking: In her 60s, a woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing the disease is one in six; for breast cancer it is one in 11.
For someone affected by Alzheimer’s, connecting with others facing the disease can be a powerful and positive experience. Mutual support systems often develop from sharing information, feelings and ideas with those who understand the day-to-day challenges. To facilitate this exchange, the Alzheimer’s Association® offers in-person support groups and an online resource, ALZConnected®.
Have you ever spoken up for something that mattered to you or someone else? If so, you have advocated for a cause.
The Alzheimer’s Association assembles a nationwide network of advocates to speak up for the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and their over 15 million caregivers so their needs are heard at all levels of government.
Thanks to these dedicated advocates, who make phone calls, write letters, send emails and visit elected officials year-round, we have achieved significant policy victories in recent years:
February is Black History Month — an important time to highlight the fact that African-Americans are two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than whites and less likely to have a diagnosis of their condition. African-Americans are also at greater risk than whites for health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, which is concerning since overall wellness is a factor in brain health.
Winter can make it harder to leave the house, but people affected by dementia can easily access care and support year-round from the comfort of their own homes. Services such as the Alzheimer’s Association® 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) and online Caregiver Center (alz.org/care) are free and available to people living with dementia, caregivers, family members, friends and the public.