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Alzheimer’s Prevention and the Importance of Being Cautious

Alzheimer’s Prevention and the Importance of Being Cautious

Alzheimer’s Prevention and the Importance of Staying Cautious

Alzheimer’s is a disease that can shatter security and happiness. Although Alzheimer’s is a disease common in aging populations, it is by no means a “normal” part of aging. Degenerative neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s are being extensively researched to find cures and ways to slow down the progression of the disease. Unfortunately, dementia of all sorts is becoming more prevalent. A recent article published from BBC have found that deaths from Alzheimer’s disease in Scotland rose by 33.4% in 2017. In the United States, the Center for Disease Control reports that over 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s. But, what can both young and middle-aged people do to prevent Alzheimer’s? Although, disease like Alzheimer’s probably result from a multitude of variables outside of your control, like family history and genetics, there are some things you can be aware of to decrease your risks.

Consider these tips to incorporate into your life to help reduce your risk for degenerative neurological disease in old age:

  • Stay Fit: A recent study has found that middle-aged people who were moderately fit were able to significantly reduce their risk for Alzheimer’s. In a study tracking exercise habits in women, the fittest women were found to reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s by 90 percent.[1] It is important to remember that being “fit” does not mean working out like a professional football player. It means setting aside around an hour to 90 minutes per day to exercise, like walking, jogging, riding a bike, or swimming. Exercise has the best results when a combination of resistance training, like lifting weights, is combined with cardio. Make sure to consult your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.
  • Socialize: Socializing is a great way to fight against many psychological disorders anxiety and depression. Because socializing can be a mentally stimulating experience, it can help your brain stay sharp and healthy. Sometimes, dementia can be traced to inactivity caused by a lack of mental stimulation. So, pick up the phone and call your friends or go and join a local club where you can meet other people. Pursuing your favorite hobbies with others is a great way to socialize, as well.
  • Sleep: ElderCare at Home has written extensively on the importance of sleep.[2] Sleep is often an underrated component of health in people’s lives. But it is crucial to mental and physical health to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Although more research is being done on why humans sleep, it has been linked to decreased weight gain, improved mental health, and a healthier brain. Sleep also confers numerous other health benefits. For example, cells that attack cancer are more active in well-rested people. Also, sleep is responsible for clearing the brain of amyloid build up, the molecules that are found in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. Prioritize sleep and you will notice how much better you’ll feel.

For any other questions, please contact ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.

[1] Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/prevent-alzheimer-s-stay-reasonably-fit-n856676

[2] Source: https://eldercareathome.org/sleep-why-we-need-it/

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