Saturday, April 10, 2010

Alarming Statistics on Alzheimer's Disease

Sonia Fernandez, staff writer at Santa Barbara News Press, wrote in January, 2010 that 10% of those over 65 will have Alzheimer's disease. By age 80, 1 in 2 can expect to have the disease.

Pretty scary stuff, huh?

Dr. Kenneth Kosik, executive director of the Center for Cognitive Fitness and Innovative Therapies and co-director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at University of California at Santa Barbara, says that people can defy the statistics, "the way to prevent or delay Alzheimer's is squarely in the hands of the people at risk for it." Those people need to be proactive towards their mental fitness:

1. Hypertension and high cholesterol are major contributors. Combat thise with exercise and a daily menu filled with vegetables and antioxidant foods.

2. Keep your stress low and your mental activity high.

3. Keep up your social interactions even when friends and family pass on.

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Diane J Standiford said...

Good advice. I do think genes play a large role and there may be no escaping it.

Ms. 50something said...

I, too, think genes can either work for or against you. Thanks again, Diane.

Carla Spacher said...

My mother died of Alzheimer's Disease. I had no idea that high blood pressure and high cholesterol had anything to do with Alzheimer's. Thank you for sharing this. As we get older it seems that everyone has trouble with these, though. I suppose if you are at risk, as in heredity, like I am, if you have these conditions they would lead to less oxygen to the brain which would be a precursor to the disease.

You have a wonderful blog. I will check out your other site. Thanks again!

Carla Spacher