Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies

Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies

September 17, 2014 08:00 ET

September 21st, World Alzheimer's Day

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 17, 2014) - A healthy brain in a healthy body! We won't repeat it enough, and September 21st is the opportunity to do it by promoting the World Alzheimer's day. The latest World Alzheimer's report 2014 "Dementia and Risk reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors" highlight a possible causal association between Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking. A better control of diabetes, blood pressure and encouraging smoking cessation even at a later stage, improves quality of life and reduce risks related to Alzheimer's disease. Human brain is one of our vital organs and plays an essential role in our life. You should always take care of it as well as the rest of your body.

Is it possible to prevent Alzheimer's disease? There is no clear-cut but it became crucial to bring changes to our lifestyle in early life specially when evidence shows that changes in the brain that lead to Alzheimer's can begin up to 10 years before symptoms appear.

The Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies and the 20 Alzheimer Societies of Quebec recommends combining healthy diet with mental and physical activities maintaining cognitive functions in constant stimulation. A better developed and healthier brain preserves from cognitive decline that occurs with normal aging increase our likeliness of living longer with a much reduced chance of developing dementia. We also encourage Quebecers to acquire new knowledge, engage in social activities, and learn to reduce and manage their stress. All these key elements allow a better protection of our brain cells.

World Alzheimer's day is also the opportunity to launch Coffee Break® events, a major fundraising event that aim at collecting funds to support Alzheimer Societies programs and services across Quebec. Organise your own Coffee Break® event with friends or colleagues and show your support to people living with Alzheimer's disease, their families and caregivers.

Alzheimer's disease represents the most common form of neurodegenerative disease, affecting a person's ability to remember, think and perform day-to-day tasks. The risk of dementia double every five years after age 65 and can strike people as young as 40. It's crucial to make positive lifestyle changes and it's never too late or too soon.

To have more information join us at www.alzheimerquebec.ca

To organise a Coffee Break® event, register at http://www.alzheimercoffeebreak.ca/

About The Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies

The Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies is the spokesperson of the 20 Alzheimer Societies of Quebec which offer help through various services to 125 000 Quebecers affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The Federation represents supports and defends their rights, raise awareness on Alzheimer's disease consequences and stigma while promoting research on its cause, a treatment and a cure.

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