Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in Iowa? Did you know that many older Iowans are more concerned about losing their cognitive abilities than any other health concern? In addition, did you know that there is no currently available curative medicine or treatment for cognitive decline, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?


The good news is that you may be able to lower your risk of these diseases up to 70 percent. Prevention is the key!


A self-help quiz went live on the Iowa Department of Public Health website (idph.iowa.gov/Save-Your-Brain) that helps older Iowans learn how to reduce their risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. If you “don’t do computers,” you probably know someone who can help you locate the website. You may also go to your public library to use the computers there for free, and ask a staff member to help you.


The quiz is not a test of your knowledge, so you won’t be answering questions about facts you recall from your high school days, or calculating arithmetic problems. The quiz asks questions about your current habits that impact your brain health. Give it a try.