Alzheimer’s and women
Did you know that women make up 72% of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease? They are our mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers, friends – even us.
Women live longer than men and age is a big risk factor. That’s why there are more women living with Alzheimer’s disease than men.
Women also account for 70% of family caregivers. Caregiving takes a tremendous toll on women, many of whom provide round-the-clock care. The burden is especially high for women raising families and holding down jobs.
Reduce your risk
A healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Experts estimate that up to half the cases of Alzheimer’s disease worldwide may be the result of risk factors that we can address by making changes in our lives.
8 things you can do to improve your brain health
- Be physically active.
- Avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol.
- Track your numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and weight. Keep these numbers within recommended ranges.
- Stay connected socially. Be around people regularly.
- Make healthy food choices. Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet rich in cereals, fish, legumes (peas, beans and lentils), and lots of vegetables.
- Reduce your stress.
- Challenge your brain by trying new things, such playing games or learning a new language.
- If you are active in sports or cycling, protect your head by wearing a helmet.
Watch for the 10 warning signs
Warning signs are often misunderstood or ignored, but you should watch for them because early diagnosis is critical. See a slide show of the 10 warning signs here.
Don’t face this disease alone
The Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Alzheimer Societies across Canada provide support throughout this disease. They make it possible for you, or someone you care about, to live as well as possible. Visit www.alzheimer.ca.
Adapted with permission from the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
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