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Guarding Against Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Guarding Against Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Nearly 60 percent of people worldwide incorrectly believe that Alzheimer’s disease is a typical part of aging. In fact, Alzheimer’s is a fatal, progressive disease impacting at least 44 million people worldwide yet it is widely misunderstood.

Anyone with a brain is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s and so everyone should care about the disease. New research suggests that a few strategies can help guard against Alzheimer’s disease.

Believe you have control. Findings from a recent study done across the US using a large sample size found that people who believe they have control over their health have better memory as they grow older. When people feel out of control of their health, they suffer more anxiety and depression, which make them less likely to engage in a multitude of behaviors which constitute a healthy lifestyle.

Give your brain a workout. Research has found a clear connection between advanced education and resilience to developing dementia later in life. But advanced education isn’t the primary factor leading to these results; instead, it’s regularly engaging in intellectually challenging activities such as playing music, taking courses or workshops, solving puzzles or reading.

Get regular exercise. Research on humans and other animals has found that exercise increases neuronal connections in the same part of the brain responsible for memory loss associated with increasing age.

This article is provided by Westside Behavioral Care, a network of over 100 therapists that provides outpatient counseling, psychotherapy and other mental health services for people of all ages across the greater Denver metropolitan area. Many of our therapists treat geriatric issues, including dealing with medical issues associated with aging. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with one of our therapists and counselors who accept Medicare.