Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death for people over the age of sixty-five. We can’t slow it down once you are diagnosed, and we haven’t cured it. Therefore, there have been no survivors of anyone ever diagnosed with Alzheimer’s until we have a major medical breakthrough. In this week’s episode, you’ll learn about the top ten tips for preventing Alzheimer’s Disease. Part One of ‘Ten Tips for Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease’ While getting older is the biggest risk factor, including your gender and your genetics, those are things that you can’t really control. But your biggest risk factors are your lifestyle choices. Those are called modifiable risk factors, so that we can do something about those.

Tip 1: Stay Active Move Naturally. I heard this tip several years ago at a conference at a presentation on the Blue Zones. I was relieved to know that I didn’t need to start training for a marathon or spend hours in the gym everyday. It’s about the small things – like making sure that you’re getting 10,000 steps in a day and doing some type of strength and flexibility exercise in your daily life. You should have or maintain an active lifestyle – whether it’s moving around your house, walking around the block, or volunteering – all those things can help because there have been several studies that have associated the amount of physical activity that you have in a day. It does reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Tip 2. Stay Connected The second tip is to stay connected. In the middle of a pandemic, this has been a little bit more challenging for all of us. But making sure that you’re staying connected to your family, friends, and community is important because if you’re not doing that, you are socially isolated. Social isolation is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. You can check out my podcast about the Well Connected program as a resource for online and landline social connection opportunities.

Tip 3: Learn New Things You can do this by taking formal classes or just learning a new hobby. You can sign up to take a class at a community college or take online courses about topics that you are interested in. You can also pick up a new hobby. Maybe there’s something that you’ve always wanted to learn how to do. YouTube teaches me new things every day – from learning to paint and spackle my own walls to changing out my toilet flapper. Who knew?! You can check out my YouTube channel to learn more about healthy aging and things we need to think about (and do) to become an age-friendly world. “It is important to challenge and activate your mind.” — Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN

Tip 4: Get Enough Sleep Do you have good sleep habits? You can find out how if you do here. If you didn’t get enough sleep, that’s going to impact your ability to think, and it’s going to cause trouble with your memory. There are common sleep changes, but also thinking about is there an underlying reason for why you’re not getting as much sleep? If you’re having trouble getting to sleep or falling asleep, those could be signs of depression, anxiety, or you’re experiencing sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you are having any trouble with your sleep or not waking up rested and refreshed, that would be worth having a conversation with your primary care provider.


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