Alzheimer’s Disease is not an inevitable part of aging.
Yet, our possibility of getting it increases with each year we live past age 65.
And, nearly half of all people, older than 85, have Alzheimer’s, or some cognitive problems.
Not great odds!
Presently there’s no cure for the disease.
But ongoing research has revealed methods that may help prevent, or delay, ending up with Alzheimer’s.
What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?
“Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life…
As Alzheimer’s advances through the brain it leads to increasingly severe symptoms, including disorientation; mood and behavior changes; deepening confusion about events, time and place; unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers; serious memory loss and behavior changes; and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking…”
Source: Alzheimer’s Disease Basics
Dementia is a loose descriptive term used to identify various conditions (and diseases) negatively affecting our brains and nervous systems.
Specific dementia diseases are: vascular dementia; dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Risks We Can’t Change:
Unfortunately, there are preexisting conditions which may make some of us more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, or dementia:
- Genetics: parent, or sibling has/had the disease, family history of affection
- Sex: women more at risk (probably because they live longer than men)
- Age: staying alive is the greatest risk factor for getting Alzheimer’s
- Past Head Traumas: head banging takes a toll on brain and vascular system
After birth, it’s too late to pick our gene pool, or our gender, but I figure we could stop hitting stuff with our heads.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Risks We Can Change:
“There is no definitive evidence yet about what can prevent Alzheimer’s or age-related cognitive decline…”
Source: About Alzheimer’s Prevention
Research has already shown that healthy lifestyle choices can lower the risk of chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes.
These findings have scientists researching whether the same could also be true when it comes to preventing cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Until definite proof is cited, here are suggestions we could all benefit from:
11 Ways That May Prevent, or Delay, Alzheimer’s Disease:
- Eat a balanced diet: organic food with plenty fruits & vegetables and minimum of processed foods
- Get regular exercise. Simple Exercise Program
- Maintain normal blood pressure levels. Hypertension – The Silent Killer
- Keep cholesterol levels within suggested ranges
- Stop smoking
- Maintain healthy weight for age and body size
- Prevent and/or control type 2 diabetes
- Stay socially Active
- Engage in intellectually stimulating hobbies and activities
- Positive attitude: live gracefully and gratefully
- Get professional help if you have depression for longer than 2 weeks
Scientists don’t yet know if these healthy habits can directly prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease or age-related cognitive decline…
On the other hand, we don’t need a meteorologist to tell us which way the wind’s blowing. i.e… A healthy lifestyle brings its own rewards… More Ideas
Finally, if you’re still concerned about your family’s history, according to the esteemed Journal of Internal Medicine, lifestyle plays a bigger role than does genetics.
Breaking Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment News:
There’s alotta noise in the Alzheimer’s research community about the success of a combination of drugs that may take the edge off the agitation and aggression common to some Alzheimer’s disease sufferers.
The drugs are dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant, and quinidine, a drug used to control heart rhythm disorders.
Results of a study on the effects of using the drugs on Alzheimer’s patients, was published in this month’s issue of The Journal of The American Medical Association
Where To Get Help:
Click on the following blue link for the NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center. Or call: 1-800-438-4380.
And, Alzheimer’s Association. Or call: 1-800-272-3900.
More about Alzheimer’s and dementia:
- 10 Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease:Alzheimers Association
- Age Related : Cognitive Decline
- Video Link: Alzheimer’s Effect On Our Brain
As usual, I’ll caution you that:
“I don’t know anything for certain and I’ve no advice about anything. My role is reporting upon my research and sharing personal stories with you.”
Your ideas for me, aging related story, and your comments are always very welcome.