June is Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month. One reason we promote awareness of brain health is that some forms of dementia are preventable. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Just like other parts of our body, the brain needs care, exercise, and attention.
What’s good for the heart is good for the brain. Much of the current research shows that preventing or managing cardiovascular disease can help reduce your chance of developing dementia (see www.alz.org for more information). This means working with your healthcare team to manage high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. An occupational therapist can help you establish and maintain healthy habits and routines in your daily life. If you or someone you know needs help in managing health and dementia risk factors, check out our Life Transitions Program
Hope for those living with the disease. Occupational therapists at Washington University are currently recruiting participants for a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) group. This is an evidence-based intervention for those living with mild to moderate dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The program involves 14, one-hour sessions in which you participate in a supportive group environment in activities and conversations that exercise and stimulate your brain.
Please contact Lisa Carson for more information about the programs mentioned above.