June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June 11, 2024

During Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month this June, the Alzheimer's Association encourages all Americans to take charge of their brain health. Today, there are nearly 7 million Americans age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s/dementia, including 22,300 in Delaware.

The lifetime risk for the disease at age 45 is 1 in 5 for women and 1 in 10 for men. The brain changes that cause Alzheimer’s are thought to begin 20 years or more before symptoms start, which suggests there may be a substantial window of time in which we can intervene in disease progression.

Based on mounting scientific evidence, the Alzheimer’s Association launched its Healthy Habits for Your Brain campaign, which encourages Americans of all ages to protect themselves from dementia through positive, everyday actions – encouraging individuals to incorporate 10 healthy habits into their lives to potentially help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

It is estimated that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will reach nearly 13 million by 2050. If we do not take aggressive measures to reduce the prevalence of dementia, by 2050, costs could rise as high as $1 trillion annually. Having lost my father and mother-in-law to dementia, I understand all too well its impact on our families and communities.

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is the perfect time to make your brain health a priority. It’s never too early or too late to start. Go to to learn more.

Robin M. Roberts
Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter


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