Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: walk to remember


Alzheimers Awareness MonthAlzheimer’s disease is something we think only happens to older people and nothing for us to worry about. But like most things, the foundations we lay down for ourselves today greatly shape our futures.

With life getting faster and more demanding each day, we’ve become very good at ignoring our health. Too busy or too tired to cook or go to the gym, our sedentary lives are catching up to us on an epidemic level and the statistics are pretty frightening.

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect:

  • 747,000 Canadians and yet only 33% of people are diagnosed
  • 44 million people worldwide
  • 135 million people by 2050 worldwide

With Alzheimer’s and related dementias expected to reach epidemic levels, it’s time to start thinking about your brain health and how you can improve it. Leading a healthy lifestyle through diet and regular exercise is one preventative method to help slow down the aging process of the brain.

This year Alzheimer Awareness Month is all about promoting health and wellness by staying active. The Walk for Memories 2014 campaign will launch in January, with walking events scheduled across Canada. To find a walk in your neighbourhood, visit (Don’t forget to track your steps with your Fitness Coach Connects Fitbit Zip™ wireless activity tracker).

Exercise has been found to have impressive effects on the brain. When you get up and start moving, your heart starts pumping, increasing the blood flow to the organs and muscles in the body. With this increased circulation comes a rush of nutrients to fuel the body and keep your muscles and organs performing at their best, and this includes the brain. As a result, new brain cells develop, old brain cells perk up and your brain circuitry fires on all cylinders. You feel energized, your mood improves and so does your resiliency and productivity. With regular exercise, your body and brain reap the benefits every time and your quality of life will improve.

You can also find support through your employee and family assistance program. Call 1 866 833-7690 or visit