Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Keeping Alzheimer's at Bay

Today’s post was written and sent to me by Allison Gamble:

Keeping Alzheimer’s at Bay

As we get older, many of us ask ourselves:  Will my hearing diminish?  Will I need bifocals?  Will my hips and knees hold out?  And scariest of all:  Will my mind stay sharp?

Interestingly, the authors of a recent study published by the American Academy of Neurology discovered that symptoms of Alzheimer’s are less noticeable in people over 80 than in the 60-75 age range.  At any age, however, the fact remains that Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that can quickly short circuit our dreams.

The good news is that we can take preventative steps now to reduce our chances of losing cognitive function later. Though there’s no definitive lifestyle that can prevent Alzheimer’s, numerous studies have demonstrated that getting regular exercise, plenty of omega-3 fatty acids and lots of mental stimulation can help keep the disease at bay.

To greatly improve your chances of remaining lucid well into your eighties, think about combining your sudoku puzzles and salmon with quality social interactions and at least eight hours of sleep a night.  You might also consider taking ballroom dancing or yoga, both of which combine physical exercise, social interaction and mental stimulation in one fun hour.  If you bring friends along, you’ll feel connected, relaxed and energized!

Although there is no sure-fire way to prevent Alzheimer’s, living the healthiest lifestyle possible is the best thing you can do to stop the disease before it starts.

About the author:  A curious student of psychology since high school, Allie Gamble brings her understanding of the mind to work in the weird world of internet marketing with

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