By leading a brain-healthy lifestyle and protecting your brain, studies have shown us that mental exercises are commonly associated with the prevention of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. By enhancing memory and attention, improving your brain health and performance, mental exercise can be a powerful preventative measure and play a large part in building up the mind's resistance to the damage of the brain. This cognitive reserve is the brain's facility to be resilient when attacked and the more the connection between the families of neurons is impenetrable, the more the human being is able to prolong the impact of disorders like Alzheimer’s disease when they intrude upon the brain. Questions regarding what particular activity should be engaged, should we undertake tough studying practice and again for how long or should we just play relaxing board games are being raised. Even though the answers are not yet apparent, there is strong belief that utilizing different areas of the brain increases our ability to counteract Alzheimer’s disease and encouragement must therefore be implemented in the engagement of various types of mental activities, whether it be mental calculations, memorization or just by playing chess or scrabble.
The questions that people are asking are what can we do to delay or decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease and studies have shown us that being physically active and the performance of routine physical activity during our lifetime can have a major role in reducing the danger of developing the disease. However, concrete answers to questions such as what sort of physical activity, to what extent should it be carried out and how often should the activity be undertaken are still unknown. Studies have shown that the brain, even in the later years, can grow and develop, and function better if stimulated by exercise, even though we are not yet aware of exactly how long we should exercise for. We do not know if running a mile or two each day is enough or actually promises us complete protection for an additional 10 years, but we do know that the more thorough the physical activity, then the risk is inhibited and can actually be reduced. There is also a strong theory that aerobic activities of relatively low intensity and flexibility movement is highly recommended over strength activities like muscle-strengthening activities or working out with weights but the true facts are still partial.
A lot of people are interested in how they can to avoid Alzheimer’s disease. In this blog I’ve compiled a few helpful tips from the literature, as well as from experiments done in the Roskamp institute and elsewhere, on how we can reduce our risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. As the world’s population ages we are at increasing risk for AD, about 5 Million people in the United States have it, and there are many more at risk. These numbers are amplified many times around the world. The risk of the disease is affected by genetics, but we shouldn’t be very fatalistic about it since in addition to genetic factors there are environmental ones. In other words, there are elements of the environment and how we interact with it that mitigate our disease risk or increase it. This is the subject of this lecture. Some of the literature indicates quite clearly that if we commit to doing certain things and maintaining certain lifestyles, our risk will be mitigated. In Coming weeks we’ll upload short videos explaining each tip and how it can be implemented. We’ve also made the power point presentation seen in the videos available for download.