The onset of this disease can be prevented through actions as simple as taking up a hobby.
Alzheimer’s is a disease that occurs when memory, intellect, behavior and the ability to do everyday activities deteriorates. It is one of the main causes of disability and dependence among the elderly throughout the world.
While it mostly occurs in those who are over 65, it is not a normal part of aging; once you turn this age, for example, the disease is not just going to appear. While the causes of non-hereditary Alzheimer’s are still unknown and there is no specific formula to prevent or treat it, we do know that the onset of this disease can be fought.
It has been proven that the more the mind has been challenged intellectually throughout one’s life, the less chances someone will have of having the disease. People’s level of studies, their occupation and the knowledge people gain throughout their lives influences how the brain deals with degenerative problems. The key is to keep the brain active.
2 warning signs include: an ongoing inability to manage a budget and forgetting information.
They are not the same. Dementia is not a specific disease, it is a term to describe the serious deterioration of one’s mental abilities. Alzheimer’s, however, is the most common form of dementia.
Memory lapses. Those who are diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment experience memory issues that don’t manage to affect their daily activities. This diagnosis is a risk factor of Alzheimer’s, which is why prevention and follow-up is important.
A hereditary condition. Up to 10% of diagnoses of this disease are due to hereditary factors that cause the condition to develop early.
70% of dementia cases (approximately) occur as a result of Alzheimer’s.
Exercise your mind:
- Learn new skills. Some ideas include playing a musical instrument, dancing or learning a new language.
- Do activities that require an alert mental state such as reading or doing sudokus, crosswords or word game puzzles.
- Practice arts such as painting or drawing. These stimulate mental processes.
- Physical exercise has a positive impact on the mind. Exercise at least 2 hours a week for it to be beneficial.