FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 4, 2013
ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION URGES ATTENTION TO BRAIN HEALTH
New Infographic Released During National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
NEW YORK (November 4, 2013) — With an eye on brain health this month and year-round, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today released a new infographic that presents practical tips to help keep minds sharp. Its publication is in conjunction with National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and AFA’s National Memory Screening Day initiative during November.
“We hear, all the time, about altering our diet and doing physical exercise to help prevent conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Yet people should be aware that these same healthy lifestyle choices can also feed brain health,” said Paul Nussbaum, Ph.D., ABPP, senior brain health advisor to AFA, and president and founder of Brain Health Center, Inc., in Pittsburgh. “You need to take steps to build up brain reserve across your lifespan.”
In the new infographic, strategies for successful aging include nourishing your body, mind and soul; eating smart, such as whole grains and foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acid; and taking advantage of Medicare preventive and screening benefits, which include detection of cognitive impairment.
AFA will distribute additional brain health education materials at the more than 6,700 sites nationwide—including doctors’ offices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, senior centers, libraries and pharmacies—that are hosting free, confidential memory screenings on November 19, AFA’s National Memory Screening Day, and other days throughout this month. Healthcare professionals administer the screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes. To locate sites, dates and times, call 866-232-8484 or visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.
“Memory screenings can be an important part of the brain health equation,” said Nussbaum. “While the results are not a diagnosis, they can signal whether someone should follow up with a primary care physician or other healthcare professional for a more thorough medical evaluation.”
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About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national non-profit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter (@alzfdn), and “like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/AlzheimersFoundationofAmerica).
Contact: Amanda Secor