It’s never too early, never too late – that’s the theme of the 2023 World Alzheimer’s Report.
Developed by Alzheimer’s Disease International, the report focuses on risk reduction – outlining the proactive steps people can take to ward off Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Recommendations include:
- Eat as healthy a diet as possible – diversity the foot groups you consume and avoid ultra-processed foods.
- There are many ways to eat well – personalized diets incorporating foods that are local and affordable where you live and fit your needs are best.
- Exercise – walking, bike riding, tai chi, dancing – it all counts.
- Keep learning – challenge your brain with daily puzzles, new languages and more.
- Pay attention to your cardiovascular health and any other chronic diseases.
- Maintain connection – socializing replenishes our brain health and reduces depression and isolation.
- Pay attention to your general physical maintenance – make sure you get enough sleep, don’t smoke and don’t drink alcohol in excess.
- If you have hearing loss – get hearing aids.
The authors of the report emphasized that risk reduction does not end with a diagnosis – people who have dementia can implement healthy lifestyle choices that can slow the progression of the disease.
“I know from personal experience that there’s no magic bullet when it comes to Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations director at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network. “It’s a brutal disease – one that can put a lot of stress on families. I pray that someday there will be a cure. Until then, reducing the risk is the best way to combat the disease.”
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