Not all medical professionals agree, but there are simple lifestyle changes that can prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Dementia prevention is crucial because the experts still say there’s no cure. (Keep reading to meet one expert who believes otherwise…)
For the record:
Dementia isn’t a disease, but sets of differing symptoms affecting cognitive abilities.
Alzheimer’s is a distinct disease, but can’t be diagnosed 100% until the brain’s examined under a microscope after death. Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
Cognitive decline is a bane of getting older:
Many senior citizens are hypersensitive to suggestions that we might be losing our grip on the tasks of everyday living. I mean, when does forgetting where we parked our car at Costco because we weren’t paying attention, slip into not remembering where we live?
Cognitive decline though, usually takes years to become a disease like Alzheimer’s…
Yet, once symptoms start, doctors and scientists used to think the process was a done deal – once problems started – death was the only certain cure.
Lately though, there’s optimism that brain decline can be slowed down and, in many cases stopped. And, multiple tests and research projects for a cure are causing some excitement. Dementia Cure Near
Can Dementia Be Prevented:
An increasing number of professionals working with cognitive decline are ‘this close’ to endorsing the idea that dementia and other organic brain disorders can be prevented. Experts (almost) Endorse Dementia Prevention Program
How can dementia be prevented? …the first principle is to keep your brain busy. Research shows that people who have challenging jobs are less likely to have dementia.
One of the main reasons is they use their brain often and there are more connections between their brain cells. The second principle is to have a life style with variety. Your brain will also become lazy if your life is dull.
The third rule is to avoid things that might increase the risk of dementia. Such things are debatable, but should still be taken aware of…”
Given the complexity of mental problems, I’d expect a more elaborate prevention program.
The experts (cited above) ‘think’ we could prevent dementia by consistently doing only 3 things, things that we should be doing anyway.
Because the evidence of prevention are mostly observational and not from controlled studies, these same experts stop short of actual endorsement. On the same time, they are floating out the idea that these are the best methods for prevention.
Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention In 3 Steps:
- Staying Physically Active
- Maintaining Healthy Blood Pressure Levels
- Challenging Our Brain
Numbers 1 & 3 are lifestyle choices. And, for most people, blood pressure issues are a matter of regular screenings and taking action if needed. Hypertension
What’s truly inspirational is how often I research aging problems only to find the best solutions are embedded in our lifestyles…
Don’t smoke, drink alcohol moderately, stay away from processed foods, drink plenty of filtered water and get a good night’s sleep.
Here’s what Japanese dementia research expert Professor Takahito Takeuchi (btw, he’s one of a very few scientists that believe dementia is curable) says about drinking plenty of water:
…water deficiency will affect the dissipation of heat and the decrease of circulation and exercise abilities of the human body. It will also cause conscious disturbance and hallucination. Takeuchi recommends patients to drink over 1500 cc of water every day, consume 1,500 calories, maintain regular bowel movement and exercise daily to improve symptoms.
He advises people to drink some water every morning and drink more than 750 cc of water before noon, including water, tea, milk, juice and so on. It is also best to provide patients with the liquids they are used to drinking…”
There’s no guarantees in life, but we’d all do better if we lived like we’ve got some common sense!
Josh Mitteldorf’s Recent Dementia Prevention Research
Prevent Age-Related Decline
Taiwanese Uncover Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment
Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
Drinking Tea Could Slash Dementia Risk
18 Ways To Prevent Dementia
How To Save Your Brain
I’ll leave you with this: