Unfortunately, doctors haven’t yet detected ways to definitively prevent a person from getting Alzheimer’s disease. They know that people who tend to live healthier lifestyles may be able to reduce their risk somewhat and maintain healthier brain functioning as they age.1 Examples of steps a person could follow to accomplish this include:
Eating a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. While doctors haven’t proven any one diet is more effective in potentially preventing Alzheimer’s disease, many advocate for a Mediterranean diet.This diet type is one that many people who live in Mediterranean regions, such as Greece, consume. Examples of foods a person on the diet eats include olive oil, fish, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
Engaging in regular physical activity, such as walking, running, or riding a bicycle. Not only does physical exercise help a person maintain a healthy weight, it also improves blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain. This is a way to “nourish” the brain.Also, a person who exercises regularly is more likely to experience a reduction in inflammatory compounds in the brain, which may have a protective effect against Alzheimer’s disease.6Maintaining a healthy weight.
Reducing alcohol consumption if a person drinks alcohol excessively on a continual basis.
Engaging in mentally stimulating activities, such as reading, finishing a crossword or Sudoku puzzle, or playing chess. These activities can help to keep a person “mentally fit” in addition to efforts to keep physically fit.
Refraining from smoking, which increases a person’s risk for frailty later in life. Smoking can also increase the risks for certain medical conditions that can contribute to dementia, including increased risks for heart attack and stroke.
Maintaining strong social connections whenever possible. This includes visiting with friends and family. Keeping these strong bonds can help to reduce the risks for cognitive decline, helping others live well.
These are a few tips from “A 2019 Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia.” Published courtesy of https://www.toprehabs.com/alzheimers-dementia/