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Can You Protect Your Brain From Alzheimer's?

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An estimated 5.7 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer's, and that number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050. Every 65 seconds, another American develops the disease.

Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain condition that affects thinking, memory and behavior. Deaths from the disease increased 123 percent from 2000 to 2015, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

This progressive form of dementia is most common in older adults and develops in stages over time, but causes of Alzheimer's are not yet fully understood. 

African-Americans seniors are about twice as likely and Hispanic Americans are about 1.5 times more likely than their white peers to have dementias, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Women comprise nearly two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer's.

What does the latest research tell us about this disease? Are scientists any closer to finding a cure?

What are some warning signs of Alzheimer's? What does treatment look like? 

What roles do sleep, stress, diet and exercise play in preventing its development? 


Sunday, Feb. 24, the Glenn Biggs Institute will host a panel discussion at the Tobin Center titled “Protecting your Brain from Alzheimer’s Disease: A Panel Discussion on the Role of Sleep, Stress, Diet and Exercise.” This event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.

The first South Texas Alzheimer’s Disease Conference will be held Feb. 25-26 at the Wyndham Garden San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel.


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*Audio for this interview will be available by 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 24.  

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.