Is it possible to prevent Alzheimer’s? It’s not clear yet if there is a way to prevent the disease but promising research is in the works.
Prevention of Alzheimer’s
Prevention studies have shown that less than 1% of people with Alzheimer’s disease have early-onset Alzheimer’s because of genetic mutations. But those with this genetic mutation are guaranteed to have Alzheimer’s. There is testing being done to see if the disease can reduce, delay or prevent symptoms.
These studies are also being done on people age 65-85 who are at high risk for the disease to see if it will reduce the symptoms.
Though research is still in progress, there’s strong evidence that remaining active and maintaining good heart health can reduce your risk.
To possibly reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, start doing these exercises on a daily basis.
In order for exercise to be effective, you need to raise your heart rate. This means some sort of cardiovascular exercise, such as speed walking, running, swimming, or aerobics. When your heart rate increases it increases blood flow to your brain and body.
It’s never too late to learn something new. Take a class at a community college, community center, or online. You could even take up a painting or cooking class.
Studies show strong evidence that smoking reduces cognitive abilities. Quit smoking to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s.
Make Heart Health a Priority
Obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes all affect your heart. When your heart is negatively impacted it also affects your cognitive health.
Protect Your Head
Head injuries can increase cognitive decline and dementia. Wear your seatbelt when driving, wear a helmet when riding a bike or participating in contact sports, and do everything you can to prevent falls.
Reduce your fat intake and eat more fruits and vegetables. Research is limited on this subject, but eating healthy also helps your heart, so it can help in multiple ways.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Not sleeping well can affect your brain and memory. Get a good night’s sleep to improve your cognitive health.
Remember Your Mental Health
Depression, anxiety, and stress are linked to increased risk of cognitive decline. See your doctor if you are experiencing any of these risk factors.
Social engagements can support brain health if they are meaningful to you. Maybe you need to catch up with old friends, or volunteer at a place that has made an impact on your life.
Exercise Your Brain
We tend to get into a routine and our brains are on autopilot. Try something new that requires you to really think. You could build something, work on a puzzle, or play strategic games. Challenge yourself.
If you are nearing or already 65 and would like more information on Medicare Plans in Washington State, please visit our Overview of Medicare, as well as our guide for those who are New to Medicare. For assistance in choosing a Medicare plan, contact us to get in touch with a licensed insurance agent today!