January is Alzheimer’s month. Here is a helpful guide from the Alzheimer’s Society to help us reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
A healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. It has been estimated that up to half the cases of Alzheimer’s disease worldwide may be the result of seven key modifiable risk factors: diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, depression, cognitive inactivity or low education, and physical inactivity.
What can I do to maintain or improve my brain health?
• Be physically active
• Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
• Track your numbers: keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and weight within recommended ranges
• Stay connected socially and interact regularly with others
• Make healthy food choices, eat a well-balanced and healthy diet rich in cereals, fish, legumes and vegetables
• Reduce stress
• Challenge your brain by trying something new, playing games or learning a new language
• Protect your head by wearing a helmet when you engage in sporting activities
Matt Del Vecchio is a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA). He is the founder and president of Lianas - a company specializing in retirement residence search and senior transition support.