Eating a balanced diet low in fat and some healthy living habits, as well as keeping the brain active, can reduce 40% of cases of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Spanish Society of Neurology.
And, although we are talking about a disease that currently has no cure, actions have been identified to help delay cognitive deterioration. Stimulating the brain with new experiences, cognitive challenges like learning a new language, playing an instrument or simply having hobbies that activate the mind, such as Sudoku and crossword puzzles, help strengthen neurons.
The MedlinePlus portal explains Alzheimer’s as the most common form of dementia among older people, a brain disorder that affects the person’s ability to perform their daily activities. “It first affects the parts of the brain that control thinking, memory and language. Over time, people begin to have difficulty remembering things that happened recently or the names of people they know,” it says.
Small and imperceptible memory loss, which becomes more noticeable and disabling over time, as well as problems performing simple daily tasks, such as speaking, understanding, reading or writing are some of the symptoms that can be treated if detected early.
21 September is World Alzheimer’s Day. Every year, activities are carried out in different countries to raise awareness and help prevent mental illness. There are 46.8 million people suffering from dementia in the world, and between 60 and 70% of such cases are due to Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that by 2050, the number will reach 131.5 million people with this disorder.
It is important for patients to understand that the early diagnosis of this condition can improve their lives and the lives of the people around them.