Are there measures I can take to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other types of non-reversible dementias? This is a question many individuals ask. Researchers are asking this same question. There is no clear consensus on prevention strategies, but research is underway. It is thought that “what is good for the heart is good for the brain.” So keeping that in mind, the following may reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other dementias as well as promote your overall health:
- Participate in regular exercise: If you have not participated in exercise in a while start with simple changes like taking a walk down the block. You can also keep your body active by doing things around the house such as cleaning and gardening.
- Eat a healthy diet: Eat a balanced, heart healthy diet including fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains while limiting fats and sugars.
- Get quality sleep: Getting enough quality sleep is essential for your brain and body to reboot.
- Partake in mental stimulation: Learning something new, practicing memorization skills, and doing brain teasers and strategy games can all help keep you mentally active.
- Manage your stress: Stress management activities could include listening to music, prayer, going for a walk, or something as simple as taking a few deep breaths.
- Have an active social life: Possible social activities include volunteering, going to the local meal site to play cards, and visiting with family.
If you are impacted by dementia as an individual living with the condition, a family caregiver, or a loved one, there are many supports and resources available. For more information, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center to get connected to the Dementia Care Specialist by calling 800-514-0066.