June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a crucial time to raise awareness about cognitive health. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, it is a crucial time for “addressing the risk factors for dementia among vulnerable populations, advancing early detection and diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment and dementia, improving safety and quality of care for people living with dementia, and providing better support to caregivers.”
According to the CDC, “Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that affects an estimated 5.7 million Americans. It is the sixth leading cause of death among all adults and the fifth leading cause for those aged 65 or older.” Alzheimer’s presents a significant public health problem for the United States, as it is a disease that mainly affects older adults, and by 2060 the population of older adults is expected to climb to about 95 million, or nearly 1 in 4 US residents. This will likely put significant strains on Adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their caregivers, and the healthcare system as a whole.
Every June, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages people to wear purple in order to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The more people know about Alzheimer’s, the more action we inspire.
We wanted to highlight just a few resources about Alzheimer’s and brain health available at the library. Stop by to check out any of these titles, or place a hold online by following any the corresponding links below:
- The 30-day Alzheimer’s solution : the definitive food and lifestyle guide to preventing cognitive decline by Dean Sherzai, MD, PhD, and Ayesha Sherzai, MD
- The 36-hour day : a family guide to caring for people who have Alzheimer disease and other dementias by Nancy L. Mace, MA, Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH
- Floating in the deep end : how caregivers can see beyond Alzheimer’s by Patti Davis
- A healthy brain for life : how to prevent Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory loss (eBook) by Richard Furman
- A molecule away from madness : tales of the hijacked brain by Sara Manning Peskin
- Keep sharp : build a better brain at any age by Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent ; with Kristin Loberg
- Also available in eBook form in Herrick’s eLibrary