If someone told you there are things you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia, would you do them?
Well, I’m telling you! What we eat and how we live and how we think are big factors. In fact, according to a recent study, reducing risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and smoking by just 25 percent could prevent up to half a million cases of Alzheimer’s in the U.S.!
Here are five things you can do to lower your chances of getting it…
1) Move That Butt!
Exercise can reduce dementia risk by 30 to 40 percent. As you age, your hippocampus shrinks, leading to memory loss. But studies suggest that exercise can not only slow this process, but actually reverse it. That’s why physically-active people generally have better cognition and memory.
2) Move That Butt, Part II: Get Pumped!
In a study at the University of British Columbia, older women in a weight-training program did 13% better on cognitive tests than women who did balance and toning exercises only.
3) Never Stop Learning!
Learning spurs the growth of new brain cells. But maintaining the same learning routines – crossword puzzles, etc. – is not enough. We’re talking about learning new things, and new skills.
4) Let It Go…
Chronic stress floods your brain with cortisol, which leads to impaired memory. Recent Harvard studies showed that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) – which involves focusing your attention on sensations, feelings and state of mind – reduces cortisol.
5) Go Greek
We’ve known for years that the Mediterranean Diet – emphasizing fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and beans – reduces Alzheimer’s risk. In fact, according to Columbia University, it reduces risk by a staggering 34 to 48 percent!
At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we can show you a hundred ways to avoid Alzheimer’s or dementia – because we’ve got one of the largest Alzheimer’s/Dementia Resource Centers in South Florida!
Over the past 34 years, we’ve answered questions about these diseases for thousands of South Florida families. And we’ve answered their questions, as well, about comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care plans, asset-protection plans, and assistance with Medicaid or the VA.
We can answer your questions, too. And we’re just a phone call away.
Want to Age-Proof Your Brain? Here’s How – Part 1