According to the World Health Organization, around 50 million people are living with dementia. Every year as the population ages there are close to 10 million new cases.
Although age is the greatest risk factor for dementia, dementia is NOT a normal part of aging.
While there is currently no cure for dementia caused by a variety of diseases, injury, or genetics new treatments are being explored tirelessly.
Studies show we can protect our brains and reduce our risk by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, knowing our numbers and managing high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Getting enough sleep, reducing stress, staying socially active, and protecting our brains from injury are also important.
In North Carolina, over 180,000 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia alone. In 2018, Alzheimer’s dementia was the 5th leading cause of death of North Carolinians in general and 4th in those over the age of 65.