Is It Possible to Prevent Alzheimer’s?
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 (818) 676-4321.