When President Reagan established November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983, fewer than 2 million Americans suffered from Alzheimer’s. Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, according to House Resolution 396.
While research is leading to advancements in treating and diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, there is still no cure. Alzheimer’s awareness month helps to keep Americans informed about the severity and impact of Alzheimer’s. Programs offered through November, such as the class offered by the Civilian Health Promotion Service, can do that.
“Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and according to the Centers for Disease Control (and Prevention), it is the sixth leading cause of the death here in the United States,” said Sarah Baker with CHPS. “This places such a burden on more than just those that have the disease; it affects their families, friends, communities, our nation’s health care system and more.”
Baker said there is a lot still to learn, but research is revealing more on causation, signs and symptoms to look for, and protective behaviors that can decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia.
“We at CHPS are raising awareness this month by offering our “Memory Loss” class, which talks about what can affect your memory, provides tips to promote brain health and identifies signs or symptoms you should be sharing with your doctor,” said Baker.
CHPS will be holding a Memory Loss class throughout the month. The Memory Loss class is meant to teach participants about good habits to keep their brains healthy.
The classes will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on:
• Nov. 13, Bldg. 571, Area B, classroom 3
• Nov. 16, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Area A, (NASIC personnel only)
• Nov. 27, Bldg. 50, Area B, Room 010
For any additional questions, call CHPS at 937-904-9359 or email CHPSWrightPatterson@foh.hhs.gov.