Alzheimer’s prevention tips: “
Women are hardest hit by Alzheimer’s. In fact, women account for more than 45,000 deaths each year from Alzheimer’s complications. Add into the equation the impact on the family since women traditionally are typically the caregivers for children, parents and spouses. Alzheimer’s ravages entire families.
Alzheimer’s is a bit mysterious, as we have no clear understanding of what causes the disease. However, we do know that Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, which describes memory loss and other cognitive changes that affect daily living. Brain research shows that nerve damage occurs long before significant memory loss appears. Approximately 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s with three times as many cases expected in 40 years. Globally, there are approximately 26.6 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease, and the number of people affected is expected to quadruple by 2050 worldwide.
The bigger question, how do you put this into practice?
Exercise. Regardless of age, your body needs at least 30 minutes a day of exercise and your brain needs a break from all of your daily worries.
Eat right. Your body is an amazing machine, which needs the right nutrients to work efficiently and well. In addition, minimize your intake of alcohol, high fats, refined processed foods and please do not smoke.
Keep engaged with life around you. Meet friends for lively conversations, games, book clubs or even chess. Love to learn – anything! Diversity is the secret to success.
Manage stress. A wise friend once said, ‘You can choose happiness or misery.’ Knowing what to worry about and what not to worry about takes practice, maturity and wisdom.
Talk with your mother, sister, daughter or girlfriends about making lifestyle changes to be healthier and be more engaged with life. Offer a little encouragement. A little bit of supportive loving care goes a long way.