Alzheimer’s is not just a sign of aging, as many families used to think. Sometimes Alzheimer’s is called "Dementia," it is not a specific disease but an overall term that describes a wide range of conditions associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce one’s ability to perform everyday activities. There is growing evidence that African Americans with other health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, are at a high risk for Alzheimer’s because of those primary/secondary health conditions. Currently there is no cure, but delaying the onset of the disease with family, community and church support can improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
Cancers Affecting African Americans
Breast, lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers disproportionately affect African American men and women. The lack of physical activity, obesity, the high consumption of red and/or processed meat, smoking, and alcohol consumption all increase cancer risk. Eating foods rich in fiber, calcium, along with fruits and vegetables, lowers cancer risk. Proper diet management and lifestyle changes -- along with diagnosis and early detection -- can add years to your life!
October Health And Wellness Focus
October is a busy month for promoting health and wellness. During this month, we will focus on diabetes and heart disease. These two diseases are linked and understanding the risks and how to prevent them will be discussed at the annual Diabetes Expo -- held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Check out the health display in the Center for Families and pick up free passes for the Diabetes Expo.
(Don’t forget to get your flu shot – this is flu season.)
The FLU is not a bad cold. It is a viral infection!!!
GET YOUR ANNUAL FLU SHOT!
AVOID CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE FLU. COVER YOUR NOSE and MOUTH with A TISSUE WHEN YOU SNEEZE!
WASH YOUR HANDS - when you sneeze, when you cough, when you use the rest room.
FLU SHOTS for FMBC will be scheduled in October 2015