Tips for helping prevent Alzheimer’s & dementia

September 7, 2016

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Lauren
Lead Copywriter

Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects all of us.

Many people have had a close relative or friend touched by the disease. We may worry if we will develop Alzheimer’s, which is a particular concern for people who have had family members with the disease. Though there are no sure-fire ways to avoid the disease, there are steps you can take to help lower your likelihood.

Stay mentally active and interact with friends and family
Keeping your mind busy helps “lower the risk of cognitive decline.” Alzheimer’s Association recommends these activities to keep your mind active:
-Stay curious and involved — commit to lifelong learning
-Read, write, work crossword or other puzzles
-Attend lectures and plays
-Enroll in courses at your local adult education center, community college or other community group
-Play games
-Garden
-Try memory exercises

Keep your heart healthy.
Cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, can increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. According to Alzheimer’s Association, “some autopsy studies show that as many as 80 percent of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease also have cardiovascular disease.” Exercising moderately for at least 150 minutes a week and eating a diet low in sugar and carbs and high in omega-3 fats, vegetables, fruits and whole grains, is a great way to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Protect your head from trauma.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association “there appears to be a strong link between future risk of Alzheimer’s and serious head trauma, especially when injury involves loss of consciousness.” The organization recommends wearing helmets in sports, wearing a seat belt and making your home “fall proof” to limit your chances of hitting your head.

Make sure you get quality sleep.
Studies are discovering a correlation between lack of sleep and Alzheimer’s. For example: A recent study found that people who wake five or more times a night may be “more likely to preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.” Getting at least eight hours of is important; however, if falling asleep is difficult for you, try to avoid electronics before bed and get yourself into a regular sleeping routine. Check out our blog post on Seven Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep.