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There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and no way to prevent it. Certain genetic factors have been shown to increase one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and other risk factors have been identified. In efforts to reduce your risk of developing this disease, know the risk factors and what you can do to counteract them.

The most common risk factors attributed to Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Cardiovascular health issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Head trauma
  • Stroke
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Mid-life obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood sugars, but in the normal range

You can eliminate many of these risk factors through lifestyle changes, helping to lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Eating a balanced and nutritious diet can improve your overall health, and manage some of the conditions mentioned above. Despite marketing claims, there are no dietary supplements that have been proven effective for reducing one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Exercising regularly may be your strongest tool in managing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to some research studies. Research conducted by Rush University Medical Center neurologists shows that all types of daily activity may help lower one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s at any age. Activities include:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking

Activity isn’t limited to traditional exercise; activity of any kind on a daily basis will keep your mind active. Other studies have shown that a daily walk of forty minutes can reverse shrinking of the brain. Additionally, individuals who experience a mild cognitive impairment may be able to increase memory and executive function through resistance weight training twice per week for six months or more.

Mental stimulation is also important for lowering your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Reading, writing, and solving puzzles are great ways to keep your mind active. Social stimulation is also crucial. Working, volunteering, traveling, and participating in social clubs are important for developing personal relationships and providing emotional support.

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    October 14, 2019

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    October 14, 2019

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    October 14, 2019

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    Posted by Bruce Long

    October 14, 2019

  • After being admitted to the hospital for so long, I just didn’t feel ready to be on my own yet. Independent Life connected me with caregivers who provided the home care I needed to manage my recovery and keep my house in order. I welcomed having someone to chat with regularly, and felt safer knowing someone was there when I was not yet back to my best self. I’d certainly recommend their home care services to anyone facing a lengthy recovery.

    Posted by Annabeth Lee Schulz

    October 14, 2019

  • Dad really struggled to stay active after Mom passed, I think he felt a bit burdened by all he had to do. His caregiver stepped in to assist with household chores and to help him with his needs, and I think that made quite a difference in improving his quality of life. That companionship and mental stimulation seemed to help him carry on, doing the things he loved.

    Posted by Andrea Blankenhorn

    October 14, 2019

  • I’ve always been independent, but I’m a realist as well. I recognized I was having trouble with certain things, so I got to work searching for a solution which would help me stay healthy, happy, and in the Las Vegas home I love. I contracted senior care services with Independent Life Home Care, and was able to choose the services I need. It’s great having someone to help me with the tasks that have become difficult, and I also welcome the conversation and company of my caregiver each week.

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    October 14, 2019

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    October 14, 2019

  • If you are caring for a loved one at home, don’t forget that you need time to care for yourself, too! Respite care is a must so that you can take care of your needs. I trust Independent Life to care for my son when I have important appointments to attend, and when I need time to recharge.

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    October 14, 2019

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    Posted by Ellen Sampson

    October 14, 2019

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