Our Nation has a goal, promote healthy aging and reduce the risk factors for dementia, and so do we: in 10 years, reduce new cases of dementia by 15% by mitigating risk factors, with a focus on groups of people who are disproportionately affected. If WHEN we succeed, nearly a half-million fewer Americans will be living with dementia.
Prevention and Brain Health
Scientists now believe that 40 percent or more of dementia cases may be preventable. To prevent dementia, we need to reduce the risk of getting it and promote strategies that optimize brain health over the lifespan. Brain health is enhanced by lifestyle approaches and by addressing other chronic conditions that increase risk of cognitive impairment, such as obesity, hypertension, and hearing loss. This is why the U.S. Government has established a national goal to “promote healthy aging and reduce the risk factors for dementia.” We aim not only to achieve this goal, but to bring about a world where brain health is viewed and supported as a critical asset that can not only build healthy longevity, but also generate greater economic competitiveness, empowerment, equity, and societal resilience.
Here is how UsAgainstAlzheimer’s is doing this:
- Equip health and wellness professionals with the knowledge and resources to help people reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Employ the innovation and reach of the private sector, by advancing measurably effective brain healthy workplaces, communities, and product and service innovations.
- Advance change at scale through strategic policy action that improves prevention, treatment, and management for major dementia risk factors, such as hypertension, obesity, physical inactivity, depression, and hearing loss.
Brain Health Academy
Brain Health Academy provides free, evidence-based courses to equip health and wellness professionals with the knowledge and resources to help people reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
UsAgainstAlzheimer’s led the movement to make the prevention of Alzheimer’s and related dementia a national priority. But we are not stopping there. We continue to advocate for smart policies and adequate funding to make this goal a reality.