This month, our Public Policy Advocates bring to our attention to 

Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. The term dementia is used to define brain diseases related to memory loss and diminished cognitive skills. Other types of dementia include:

          • Vascular dementia
          • Dementia with Lewy bodies
          • Mixed dementia
          •  Parkinson's Disease
          •  Huntington's Disease

The Alzheimer's Association also states that AD is the only one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. without any methods for preventing, curing, or slowing it down.

Research into a vaccine continues. But so far there are no sure ways to prevent AD from developing. However, medications can help relieve some symptoms.

According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA)Trusted Source, the more education you have, the lower your risk of getting AD. You have lower odds of getting AD if you keep your brain active in old age by doing activities such as:

          • Taking classes
          • Learning languages
          • Playing musical instruments
          • Developing strong social connections

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