June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness Month. This month it is especially important to consider ways that you can reduce your risk of developing diseases like dementia. You can check out this web feature created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to view information and tips on ways to improve your brain health. What will you do this June to improve your brain health?
In June, the IA2 brain health team continues its busy run. Special highlights from this month include:
- Be sure to follow our Facebook page for campaigns and resources we invite you to borrow for your own social media and newsletters– and please share within your circle to help us spread the word.
- Dr. Jolie Crowder and others from the IA2 team virtually attended the Alzheimer’s Association Addressing Health Disparities conference on June 21 and 22 to present various posters and even a lightning round presentation. The conference attracted over 100 in-person participants and almost 1000 virtual participants from across the country representing various public health, academic, research, and other organizations.
- Dr. Jolie Crowder was able to attend the BOLD Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving two-day National Conference, The Public Health Opportunities and Challenges of Dementia Caregiving, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Other members of the IA2 team were able to attend virtually.
- We continue virtual pilots of Dementia Friends for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities information session and Dementia Friends Champions training. In May we unveiled a new PowerPoint presentation to accompany learning modules and are in the process of adjusting scripted content. Learn more below about upcoming opportunities below. You can become a Dementia Friends Champion for your community and bring these engaging community info sessions to your tribe.
- IA2 continues to offer an amazing, evolving Brain Health Resource Library for American Indian and Alaska Native community-focused resources. We’ve recently added several Indian Country Dementia ECHO presentation videos.
- Check out our release recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day or WEAAD. Did you know that up to 80% of people with dementia are victims of abuse? On June 15, the world takes an opportunity to recognize the more than one million Americans age 65 or older who have suffered abuse. Be sure to check out the release to learn what steps you can take to make a difference!
- Check us out on Twitter for future campaigns and social media messages we invite you to borrow and re-use.
IA2 continues to offer print-on-demand stipends of $250 for flyers and posters from the IA2, ASTHO, and National Council for Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) suite of materials developed with funding from the CDC.