Let’s Use Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month to Eliminate Brain Freeze

Let’s Use Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month to Eliminate Brain Freeze
Think back to your school days. Remember the anticipation that arrived on the first day of June? School dismissed for the summer, and all that lay ahead were barefoot walks through warm grass, meetups with friends at a local swimming pool or beach, and the predictable brain freeze incurred following an ill-advised downing of a gas station Icee. The Alzheimer’s Association has designated the month of June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. The designation is meant to draw attention to a different type of brain freeze.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia

The brain has been compared to a computer, which is an incredible understatement. The human brain is “more complex than any other known structure in the universe,” according to a National Geographic article called "The human brain, explained." Unfortunately, in the United States, neurological damage is a reality for one in five Americans. Dementia is but one disorder that can affect brain function. Approximately 5.8 million people in the United States live with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. These are the terrible and ugly facts that we must contemplate and share during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “the more people know about Alzheimer’s, the more action is inspired.”

The importance of sharing your story

The association is encouraging people with the disease, as
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