These resources were created by the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, a council established by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is observed in June as an opportunity to spread the word about and discuss Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Don’t ignore the signs that could point to Alzheimer’s disease. Early treatment can often make a big difference in quality of life.
For more information and resources, visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/alzheimers/Texas-Council-on-Alzheimer-s-Disease-and-Related-Disorders/. The Cooper Institute’s President, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Laura F. DeFina, MD, FACP, FAHA is an appointee of Texas Governor
Abbott to this council and we are proud of the awareness and programs being launched regarding Alzheimer’s and Brain Health.
What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible brain disease that destroys memory, thinking, and the ability to carry out daily activities. The symptoms get worse over time. Eventually, people with this disease will need full-time care. Researchers believe there is no single cause of Alzheimer's disease. It likely develops from many factors like genetics, lifestyle, and environment. Scientists have identified factors that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. While some risk factors like age, family history, and heredity can't be changed, new evidence suggests there may be other factors we can influence. Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 6.5 million Americans of all ages in 2022. Approximately 400,000 of them are Texans. For more information on Alzheimer's disease visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/alzheimers/qanda.shtm.
See the Signs. Start a Conversation.
Even though it may feel scary or awkward to start a conversation about Alzheimer’s disease, it’s the best thing you can do. Alzheimer’s disease is progressive, which means the symptoms get worse over time. Read the guide, adapted from The Conversation Project by the Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, here: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/Alzheimers/SeetheSigns/.