Saving Your Brain

What are you doing to reduce your risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease?

Take the following quiz to find out!

About 23 percent of American age 65 and older experience cognitive decline (such as difficulty with memory). Cognitive decline is often the first step to dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Today, Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death (in Iowa and the U.S.) and it kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. No medications can prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease; however, youcan reduce your risk of cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's disease by up to 70 percent.

Take the quiz above to find how much you are already reducing your risk.


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Unlocking Brain Fitness: KEYS to Dementia Prevention

Courses are being scheduled throughtout Iowa.

See for more information   

YMCA of Greater Des Moines

Indianola YMCA
Mondays January 9th -March 13th
9:30-11:30 am
Indianola YMCA
306 E. Scenic Valley Ave
Indianola, IA 50125

Waukee YMCA
Mondays January 16th - March 20th
9:15-11:15 am
210 N. Warrior Lane
Waukee, IA 50263

$200 YMCA Members
$250 for Non-Members.

Trained facilitators guide you through the program, with the help of dieticians, pharmacists, fitness professionals and others with specialized knowledge in KEY areas. Class sizes are small, which means you get personal attention and will complete the course with a customized plan for better brain health.

To Register:

For More information, contact Candice Honnold,

Story County Public Health/Mary Greely Medical Center

City Church of Ames
Offered by Story County Public Health
Tuesdays, January 3 – March 7
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


To Register:

For more information, contact Story County Public Health at 515-233-7510

Unlocking Brain Fitness - Keys to Dementia Prevention





"I had already changed some of my lifestyle due to recommendations from the "Save Your Brain Quiz"! .......Then I mistakenly shared it with my husband!  ......He is now insisting that we have berries with every meal, we park in the furthest parking space away from our destination, and we no longer eat supper at 10:00 pm!"

"But all kidding aside, it was definitely a good thing to share because now - through easy changes in diet, physical activity, brain engagement, and social interactions - we are both well on our way to saving our brains and our bodies!"

- P.L., Iowa nurse

Learn More:

Here are the different ways you can start reducing your risk today!

    For more information about cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease see the following:

    For Healthcare Providers: