Health with Dr. Paula: National Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - June is National Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.

Dr. Paula Walker-King stopped by News Leader 9 to give us some more detail about Alzheimer's and give us some tips on how to keep our brains healthy.

Alzheimer's is a slowly progressive brain disease that destroys neurons and brain cells over time, leading to impairment of mental tasks like memory, thinking and reasoning, and other social impairments.

Alzheimer's will show up in an MRI because it involves structural changes in the brain.

Dementia, however, is the group of symptoms seen in Alzheimer's without the neurological changes.

Some contributing factors are genetics, lifestyle and environmental issues. Things like increasing age, family history, genetics and past head trauma are risk factors.

There is no screening yet, which means we have to keep our brains healthy. Lifelong learning, social engagement and physical activity are key to doing just that.

You can watch the full interview with Dr. Paula in the video above.

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