1 in 5 respondents to BCHD’s 2021 Community Health Survey are caring for a family member or friend experiencing cognitive memory issues with 13% of those persons being cared for being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia (BCHD Community Health Survey, 2021).
In February 2022, the BCHD Board of Directors adopted the 2022-2025 health priorities, which includes Physical and Brain Health.
In the Beach Cities, physical health not only includes physical expressions of disease, such as obesity, diabetes and asthma, but also includes diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. While the Beach Cities remains a physically active community with a low overall obesity and diabetes rate, other physical ailments such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia remain elevated in adults ages 18+.
Please see below for more resources around cognitive and brain health.