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Slowing the Effects of Alzheimer’s

Monday, May 13 2013

by Inez King, RNC, BS in Human Services and Donna Brimmer, MHT, BS in Psychology, Lakeland Regional Medical Center

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, there is no cure. However, the good news is that through research we know of more ways than ever to prevent or slow its progress. For instance, you can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by eating right, exercising, staying mentally and socially active, and keeping stress in check. 

According to the Alzheimer Research and Prevention Foundation, exercise reduces your risk by 50 percent. Researchers also believe that glial cells may help to remove toxins from the brain that may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Eating a healthy diet may protect those cells from being damaged. Smoking and drinking are two of the most preventable factors for Alzheimer’s disease. It increases the odds of getting Alzheimer’s disease by 79 percent and reduces the age of onset by six to seven years.

Challenging your brain will help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Learn something new, practice memorization, and try strategy puzzles. Chronic stress leads to a shrinkage of a key memory area in the brain known as the hippocampus. It also interferes with nerve cell growth which, in turn, increases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. So, get your stress levels in check by using deep breathing techniques, finding time to relax during the day, and nourishing inner peace.

For more information about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease please visit:

www.dementia.com and www.alz.org.

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