June is National Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month
There are over 50 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Alzheimer's is not part of the normal aging process It is a fatal disease that kills nerve cells in the brains and affects an individual's memory. Symptoms occur because nerve cells (neurons) in parts of the brain have been damaged or destroyed. The cause may include a combination of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. Research suggests that making healthy food choices may reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment, but heredity also plays a part. Researchers are working to develop preventative care, including a vaccine with promising results, but currently there is no cure. There are some medications that can slow down the progression of the disease. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, and we can wear purple during June to raise awareness of the disease. To learn more visit alz.org/gopurple..
The Women's Club of Pittsford is a member of GFWC New York, which is a member of the Middle Atlantic Region. MAR includes New York, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. MAR is one of eight GFWC Regions.