Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

The Niobrara Community Hospital & Clinic serves as a steadfast beacon of care and support for our close-knit community. With June designated as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, we want to take this opportunity to shed light on Alzheimer’s disease and enhance understanding among our neighbors. Join us as we delve into the significance of this month and explore ways to promote brain health and awareness within our community.

Understanding Alzheimer’s:
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that impairs memory cognitive function, and behavior. It profoundly impacts individuals and their loved ones, presenting unique challenges that require empathy and comprehension. Brain Awareness Month: Every June, communities worldwide come together to recognize Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. This month-long observance provides a platform for education, advocacy, and support for individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions. Niobrara Community Hospital & Clinic proudly joins this global movement to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and foster an informed and compassionate community. It’s important to learn about the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, risk factors associated with the disease, preventive measures, and available support resources.

Risk Factors:

  • Advancing age Family history of Alzheimer’s
  • Genetic factors (e.g., specific genes related to Alzheimer’s)
  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
  • Cardiovascular conditions (e.g., high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes)
  • Lifestyle factors (e.g., sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking)

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in problem-solving or planning
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Poor judgment and decision-making
  • Difficulty finding words or expressing thoughts

Promoting Brain Health and Preventive Steps:

  • Engage in regular physical exercise, such as walking, swimming, or dancing.
  • Follow a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
  • Maintain social connections and engage in activities that stimulate the mind, such as reading, puzzles, or learning new skills.
  • Manage chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity through proper medical care and healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Protect the head and prevent traumatic brain injuries by wearing appropriate safety gear during sports and using seatbelts in vehicles.
  • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption to moderate levels.
  • Get sufficient sleep and prioritize good sleep hygiene.
  • Stay mentally and socially active by participating in community events, volunteering, or joining clubs or organizations.
  • Regularly check in with healthcare professionals for routine check-ups and discuss any concerns about cognitive health.

Niobrara Community Hospital & Clinic remains committed to providing comprehensive care and support to individuals affected by Alzheimer’s
disease. By recognizing Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, we aim to ignite discussions, promote understanding, and cultivate a compassionate community that acknowledges the challenges faced by those living with Alzheimer’s. Let us join hands in raising awareness this June and beyond. Together, we can build a brighter future filled with empathy, knowledge, and support for individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.