June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. By 2050, this number could rise as high as 16 million. Help us turn the world purple. Commit to raising awareness in June for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month...

is a chance for the Alzheimer’s Association to hold a global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, which is the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

During June, we not only ask you to wear purple and use your brain to help fight Alzheimer’s disease we invite you to participate in one of our many events held throughout the month including The Longest Day on June 21…a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor those facing Alzheimer’s with strength, passion and endurance. Start a team today to raise funds and awareness.

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The Facts

  • Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease.
  • Alzheimer’s disease kills nerve cells and tissue in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think and plan.
  • As the disease advances, the brain shrinks dramatically due to cell death. Individuals lose their ability to communicate, recognize family and friends, and care for themselves.
  • Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s.
  • Currently, there is no way to prevent, cure or even slow Alzheimer’s.
  • Today, 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease.
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Go Purple

A special thanks to the buildings that are committed to Go Purple during the month of June.

10 South Wacker - June 1-30

130 North Franklin - June 1-30

190 South LaSalle - June 1-30

222 North LaSalle - June 1-30

30 South Wacker - June 1-30

525 West Monroe Street - June 1-30

Aqua at Lakeshore East - June 1-30

Blue Cross Blue Shield Building - June 1-30

Coast at Lakeshore East - June 1-30

Chase Tower - June 18-30

Chicago Board of Trade - June 1-30

City Hall - June 1-30

Civic Opera House - June 1-30

Continental Towers - June 1-30

Crain Communications Building - June 19-25

Intercontinental Hotel - June 1-30

John Hancock Center - June 18-24

Merchandise Mart - June 1-30

Midway Airport - June 1-30

Navy Pier: Centennial Wheel and Festival Hall - June 18-30

O’Hare Airport - June 1-30

One Prudential Plaza - June 21-24

One South Dearborn - June 1-30

Quincy Bridge - June - 18-22

Rivers Casino - June 1-30

Shedd Aquarium - June 1-30

Shoreham at Lakeshore East - June 1-30

The Franklin Center (AT&T Building) - June 1-30

The Village Market at Lakeshore East - June 1-30

Tides at Lakeshore East - June 1-30

Vista at Lakeshore East - June 1-30

Two Prudential Plaza - June 21-24

Westin O’Hare - June 1-30

Wolf Point West - June 1-30

Wrigley Building - June 21

10 Ways to Love Your Brain

  • BREAK A SWEAT: Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.
  • BUTT OUT: Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.
  • HEADS UP!: Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.
  • CATCH SOME ZZZ’S: Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.
  • BUDDY UP: Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to be part of your local community – if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an afterschool program. Or, just share activities with friends and family.
  • STUMP YOURSELF: Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.
  • HIT THE BOOKS: Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.
  • FOLLOW YOUR HEART: Evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke – obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – negatively impact your cognitive health. Take care of your heart, and your brain just might follow.
  • FUEL UP RIGHT: Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Although research on diet and cognitive function is limited, certain diets, including Mediterranean and Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to risk reduction.
  • TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH: Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress.
  • Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. Start now. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits.

Local Events

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The Longest Day®

Join people across the globe as they join together to honor those facing Alzheimer’s disease by participating in The Longest Day® on Wednesday, June 21, 2016.

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Forget Me Not Days®

Look for volunteers sprouting up on your local street corners on June 2-3 and 9-10, collecting donations to help fight Alzheimer’s disease during Bankers Life annual Forget Me Not Days®.

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