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Arkansas Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias (AADRD)


Defining Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

What are Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias?

Alzheimer’s Disease

Related Dementias

Alzheimer’s in Arkansas

Take Brain Health to Heart

What’s good for your heart and blood vessels is also good for your brain.  Recent studies have shown that risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as physical inactivity and obesity, also contribute to conditions such as memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and reduced cognitive ability.  Older adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are more likely than other older adults to have multiple chronic conditions, and Alzheimer’s complicates the management of these conditions, resulting in increased hospitalizations and costs.  The good news is that there are steps you can take that will help your heart and your brain.

10 Ways to Help Improve Your Brain Health

  1. Don’t Use Tobacco
  2. Be Physically Active
  3. Eat a Healthy Diet
  4. Maintain a Healthy Weight
  5. Get Enough Sleep
  6. Stay Engaged
  7. Prevent and Manage High Blood Pressure
  8. Prevent and Manage High Cholesterol
  9. Manage Blood Sugar
  10. If You Drink, Do So in Moderation

Although age, genetics, and family history cannot be changed, other risk factors can be changed or modified to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. In fact, the 2020 recommendations of The Lancet Commission on Dementia prevention, intervention and care suggest that addressing modifiable risk factors might prevent or delay up to 40% of dementia cases

The Importance of Caregivers

What are we doing at the Arkansas Department of Health?

The Arkansas Department of Health is an awarded recipient of the CDC Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, Public Law 115-406, for Public Health Programs to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (CDC-RFA-20-2004).  BOLD funding is being used to:



Jarriel Moore, BA, CBT, CHC
BOLD Program Manager

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