We’re excited to share a video interview with Dr. David Perlmutter, a renowned board-certified neurologist and New York Times bestselling author, and Amber Salisbury, co-founder of Purity Coffee®. In recognition of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month in June, this engaging discussion focuses on Alzheimer's awareness, prevention, and the significance of honoring the memories of our loved ones who had been afflicted by the disease.
Amber has opened up in the past about her personal connection to Alzheimer's, sharing her father’s struggle with AD and her own heartfelt experience as a caregiver. Inspired by her and Dr. Perlmutter’s shared journey, she decided to host a special video call to honor their fathers, discuss proactive ways we can protect ourselves from this disease, and foster open communication when it comes to early diagnosis.
"Keeping Their Memories Alive"
During the conversation, Dr. Perlmutter emphasizes the staggering impact of Alzheimer's, revealing that roughly 18 to 20 million people are directly affected on a daily basis by the illness of an individual. He stresses the need for awareness and empowering individuals with the tools to prevent this devastating condition.
The discussion explores the value of being open and honest with those we love, especially when it comes to identifying cognitive challenges during the initial onset. Dr. Perlmutter highlights the importance of persistence, compassion, and seeking professional assistance to facilitate these discussions.
The science of prevention is examined, and lifestyle decisions that can significantly lower the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's are highlighted. Dr. Perlmutter emphasizes the power of exercise, restorative sleep, stress reduction, a healthy diet, social interaction, and cognitive engagement.
Amber adds a touching perspective on keeping loved ones' memories alive by sharing their wisdom, photos, and positive impact. She shares her personal connection to her father, Jay, who believed in celebrating life and treasuring each moment.
A message from Amber...
We keep our loved ones' memories alive by sharing them. Sharing their bits of wisdom, their photos, and the positive impact they had on us.
This is my dad, Jay.
He was constantly telling me that “life is meant to be celebrated” and that “each moment is precious.” We still throw him a birthday Party every June 14th. 🥳
This is Dr. Irwin Perlmutter.
He used to say “noblesse oblige!”, which means if you have gifts you are obligated to share those gifts with those less fortunate. His life was a testament to the sharing of gifts. As is his son’s. 💓
Please join us in advancing the conversation and helping to spread awareness about the prevention of Alzheimer's, and if you'd like to share some thoughts or memories related to your own experience with AD, we're here for listening and support!
Read about the profound impact of coffee on cognition—explore our Coffee, Dementia, and Cognition: Literature Review.