Alzheimer's Awareness Month - January 2016

Alzheimer’s Disease currently directly affects ~800,000 Canadians. This number is expected to more than double in the next 15 years. We are raising awareness for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in this week's blog post because Alzheimer’s Disease does not only affect the individual who is diagnosed, but their family, friends and communities. Alzheimer’s affects the workplace as these people are our colleagues and friends. In this post we will highlight information on Alzheimer’s awareness to help improve the mental health of our community.

1.       Be sensitive to those around you. People you might not expect may be taking on caregiver roles. Read on for more information about young caregivers in the workplace: 

Unexpected caregivers are all around us - learn more about young caregivers here.

Unexpected caregivers are all around us - learn more about young caregivers here.

 

2.       Get informed. Know the early signs. If you, a loved one or a colleague is experiencing many of these symptoms, discuss the changes with your family doctor. 

(Baycrest, 2016)

3.       Keep your mind healthy. Eat foods to keep your brain and your mind healthy. Click on the picture below for more information on healthy food for a healthy brain! 

 

4.       Train your brain. Learn the benefits of mindfulness/meditation and incorporate it into your daily life.  Click the image below for articles, research, apps, and technology applications for mindfulness.

Learn more about mindfulness and how it impacts and strengthens your brain! 

Learn more about mindfulness and how it impacts and strengthens your brain! 

 

5.       Keep your mind and body active. Learn the many benefits of physical and mental exercise to keep your brain healthy.

6.       Smile. Enjoy your life each day. Life is short - bring balance into your life to make the most of it!

7.     Reach out for support. For more information and resources check out your local Alzheimer’s society: 

Photo cred: http://www.curejoy.com/content/8-top-secrets-to-a-healthy-brain/