September is World Alzheimer’s Month

Although the brain changes naturally as people age, it’s important to recognize that Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Medical intervention and supervision can improve the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, but there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are a few facts about Alzheimer’s disease\u00B9 and its effects:

n Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is a brain condition that affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.

n Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can impair a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.

n The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease increases with age; however, Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.

n Most people living with Alzheimer’s disease are older than 65 years. People younger than age 65 can also develop Alzheimer’s disease, but it is less common.

n Scientists do not know what causes Alzheimer’s disease. Like other chronic conditions, it is likely the result of multiple factors.

n To reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease:

n Control high blood pressure,

n Exercise regularly, and

n Quit smoking.

To learn more about Alzheimer‘s disease, visit the Alzheimer’s page on the CDC website at

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Alzheimer's Awareness Poster. Alzheimers disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Visit for more resources. Symptoms may appear around 60 years old. If you are a caregiver it is important that you take care of yourself. Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Currently 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's.