Dementia Risk Management & Prevention

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. There has been some good news to start the month! A new drug treatment for dementia has been given fast approval by the USFDA.

U.S. health officials recently approved #Leqembi, a closely watched Alzheimer’s drug that modestly slows the disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for patients with Alzheimer’s, specifically those with mild or early-stage disease.

The key point here is that the drug #Leqembi is administered when there is a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, which is the precursor to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The drug reportedly delays the severe effects of dementia but does not cure it.

Early detection and early intervention are essential. Let’s focus more attention on prevention, screening, and EARLY detection of dementia.

There is a growing body of research that provides hope. There are specific actions that can be taken to more effectively delay and possibly prevent dementia. There are 12 potentially modifiable risk factors. If all of these risk factors could be modified, up to 40% of cases of dementia could be delayed or prevented.

Know and manage the 12 modifiable risks, listed below.

  1. High blood pressure
  2. Smoking
  3. Diabetes
  4. Lack of physical activity
  5. Lack of cognitive stimulation
  6. Obesity
  7. Depression
  8. Alcoholism
  9. Social isolation
  10. Hearing loss
  11. Traumatic brain injury
  12. Air pollution

Know and observe 10 early signs and discuss with your health professional.

  1. Memory loss that affects daily activities
  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  3. Problems with language
  4. Disorientation in time and place
  5. Impaired judgement
  6. Problems with abstract thinking
  7. Misplacing things
  8. Changes in mood and behavior
  9. Changes in personality
  10. Loss of initiative

#alzheimers #dementia #dementiacare

For more information and resources on dementia prevention visit www.hopefordementia.org

See the BIG picture. Focus on what’s important.

@Camille21162

www.camilleisaacsmorell.com

Published by Camille Isaacs-Morell

Enabling businesses and people to be successful. This is my mission, my life’s work. It’s always been what I have done wherever I’ve been employed, called to serve or to volunteer. An experienced business leader, my core values are truth, integrity, and respect. I believe that values-based leadership is critical for organizational success that is enabled by an engaged and empowered workforce. Working over the years in several senior marketing, communications, and executive leadership mandates for global, financial, healthcare, and non-profit organizations, it has been through times of transformation and difficult change that I have done my best work. In my blog posts, I share my perspectives on leadership, marketing and strategy that are based on my key learnings and observations over the years, all with the objective of helping others reach for success. In my spare time, I enjoy the beauty of nature which I reproduce in my pastel paintings.

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