Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating illness that robs people of
their memories—and, eventually, their lives. Although there is no
single way to prevent Alzheimer’s, there are strategies that you
can use to reduce your chances of it happening to you. Protect your brain
health with this advice.
Prevent Head Trauma
Head traumas, especially those that cause loss of consciousness, increase
the risk of
Alzheimer’s disease in the future. Protect yourself and your family from head trauma by making
it a rule that seatbelts are worn in the car for every ride and that helmets
are worn for sports, including bike riding. You can further reduce the
risk of head injuries by fall-proofing your home. Secure area rugs with
double-sided tape, don’t let electrical cords cross walking paths,
and keep your floor tidy.
Exercise Your Brain
Research indicates that doing activities that stimulate your brain can
protect you from Alzheimer’s disease. Give your brain a workout
with intellectual activities like puzzles and word games, and keep your
brain active by fostering social connections with friends and family.
These activities fire your brain into action, which may help to maintain
strong connections between nerve cells that could protect you from Alzheimer’s
and other forms of memory loss. These kinds of brain exercises are especially
important for seniors to continue, so if you have an elderly loved one
who is isolated, make an effort to help him or her engage.
Protect Your Heart Health
Good heart health means good brain health. Eat a diet that is low in saturated
fat and excess sugar, get physical activity most days, and try to keep
your weight under control. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol,
talk to your doctor about steps you can take to manage it. A healthy heart
will reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
At West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we offer comprehensive care
for a range of conditions, from emergency care and cancer care in West
Hills to our
neurology department, where Alzheimer’s patients can get the diagnostics and treatments
they need. Get more information about our hospital services by calling