Over 5.7 million American’s live with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Two thirds of them are women.
Although there is no known cure for the disease or specific, medical treatment for the prevention of Alzheimer’s, there may be steps you can take now to make brain health a priority.
Each day for the next 30 you will receive an email with a link to websites, articles and other updates on brain health.
For example, on Day 5 I learned about The Six Pillars of Brain Health which included not only getting more exercise and eating healthy (two pillars of good health in general) but also the value of getting a good night’s sleep and the benefits of a strong social life in retirement.
Day 13 was all about the effect of intellectual stimulation on your cognitive skills. This one wasn’t a huge surprise, but it was reassuring to know that all the time and effort I have put into learning how to play the piano and speak a second language may help me maintain my memory skills as I get older.
I am only about halfway through my challenge, but I am looking forward to the rest of the month.
Fortunately, my family has, so far, been able to avoid any incidence of Alzheimer’s or other related diseases. However, I know from my professional experience what a devastating impact Alzheimer’s can have.
For more information on Alzheimer’s or brain health in general, check out these resources:
From Kiplinger’s: Top Websites on Azheimer’s Disease
This excellent book: 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s
And this amazing PBS documentary: The Forgetting
Or this TED Talk about preventing Alzheimers. Watch it after viewing the other videos. It will give you hope.