January is an important month for health activism in Canada. From Bell Let's Talk to Alzheimer's Awareness month, many Canadians are embracing the opportunity to have open conversations around mental health.
Alzheimer’s is seen in 60-80% of persons with dementia and affects their memory and cognitive abilities.
Age is the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer's and the majority of people diagnosed with it are over the age of 65. The risk of diagnosis continues to increase as a person ages. Genetics, lifestyle, and gender are also risk factors. While Alzheimer's is not curable, it can be managed to reduce cognitive and functional decline.
The purple ribbon is a symbol for Alzheimer's along with many other diseases such as lupus, Crohn's and more!
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