We are getting older. Of course, we want to stay physically and mentally fit for as long as possible. However, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s increases with age. The good news is that we can actively do something to reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s.
According to current research, up to 40 percent of Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented through a healthy, active lifestyle and preventive health care.
We have compiled twelve risk factors that everyone should take into account to prevent Alzheimer’s. These tips are taken from the booklet “Alzheimer’s Prevention – Healthy Living, Healthy Aging”, which explains all the points in detail.
What’s good for your heart is good for your brain. This includes getting enough exercise; the ideal is at least 2.5 hours a week.
2. Mental fitness:
Learn new things, even in old age. That keeps your brain busy. Whether it’s a musical instrument, a language, or how to use a computer, try something new.
3. Healthy eating:
Follow the classic Mediterranean diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and nuts. Choose fish instead of red meat.
4. Social contacts:
Partner or group activities are more fun and your brain cells are challenged. Make an appointment to play sports, make music, play cards or cook together.
5. Reduce excess weight:
Be careful not to weigh too many kilos. A healthy diet and regular exercise will help you with this.
6. Get enough sleep:
Get plenty of sleep to allow your brain to break down toxins and recover.
7. No smoking:
Smoking also damages your brain. Quit smoking, it’s never too late.
8. Avoid head injuries:
Take care of your head in daily life and during sports and wear a helmet when riding a bike, for example.
Check your blood pressure regularly. High blood pressure definitely needs to be treated.
Watch your blood sugar level. If it is permanently too high, you should take action in consultation with your doctor.
Take care. If you are listless or depressed for a long time, it makes sense to see your doctor to clarify the cause. Depression should not go unnoticed.
If you notice that your hearing is deteriorating, take it seriously. With a hearing aid, you can very well correct a decrease in hearing ability.
Ordering information: “Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention: Healthy Living – Healthy Aging” and other information materials can be ordered free of charge from the Alzheimer Research Initiative eV, Kreuzstr. 34, 40210 Duesseldorf; Telephone number 0211 – 86 20 66 0; or online on the website