6 Activities that May Help Prevent Alzheimer's

  • February 14, 2017

With every passing year, researchers are working to find a definitive cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Until that day comes, the nearly 5.1 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families continue to focus on treatments that may help slow the progression of the disease.
 
Since Alzheimer’s disease is usually associated with older age, people over the age of 60 who are interested in Alzheimer’s prevention, might find success with the six different activities listed below.
 
Each activity addresses a different pillar of risk factors that may contribute to the disease, including mental stimulation, regular exercise, stress management, healthy diet, social engagement and quality sleep.
 
6 Activities that May Boost Brain Health
 
  1. Brain Games. Engaging in activities that help to stimulate the brain have been proven to improve memory skills and reduce plaque in the brain. From crossword puzzles and Sudoku games to apps that are specially designed to improve memory and cognitive function, brain games may help to ward off Alzheimer’s in older adults.
  2. Exercise. Physical activity is an essential component of Alzheimer’s prevention. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation has found that exercise can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 50 percent! Beginning an exercise routine that consists of a mixture of cardio and strength training for at least 30 minutes, 5 times a week (or 150 minutes per week), might help your brain maintain old connections and make new ones.
      3.Meditation. most effective methods of stress management
  1. Make Dietary Changes. Eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet is a vital element of maintaining overall health. Making certain dietary changes, however, may keep Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay as you age. Research has found that going gluten-free and adding more berries to your diet might help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. 
  2. Start or Join A Book Club. There are major health risks of isolation for seniors aside from the risk of Alzheimer’s. But making an effort to be socially engaged can help to keep your brain sharp. By combining a social opportunity with the mental stimulation of reading and discussing a new book, you lower the risk for both conditions. 
  3. Quality Sleep. Restful sleep is essential to human function at every stage of life. Researchers have found that insomnia or a lack of sleep is actually a risk factor for Alzheimer’s. By making an effort to get between 7-8 hours of sleep every night, you can potentially lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
 
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