Habits That Could Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s

We read them almost weekly, new studies and reports that come out on Alzheimer’s. This week, results from a report by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shared that Alzheimer’s disease is the fastest-growing threat to Americans’ health.

Along with those reports come tips and advice from experts around the world on things people can do in their daily lives to reduce the risk of getting the disease. The HuffingtonPost.com recently compiled a number of them:

Daily Chores and Exercise:  A recent study in the journal Neurology showed that simple activities like cooking, cleaning and washing dishes—as well as good, old-fashioned exercise— is associated with a decreased Alzheimer’s disease risk, even among people who are age 80 and older. 

Speak Two Languages: Being bilingual could strengthen your brainpower and protect against dementia, according to a recent study published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

Consume Curcumin: Research suggests that the main compound in turmeric, called curcumin, could have powers against Alzheimer’s. 

Do Puzzles: Doing some puzzles and playing games every day could ward off mental decline, according to a recent study in the journal BMC Medicine

Walk: Elderly people who walk six to nine miles a week could decrease their risk of dementia and brain functioning problems, BBC News reported. 

Eat Your Fish and Nuts: Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center found that eating a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids—such as fish, nuts and chicken—is linked with lower levels of beta-amyloid protein, which is linked with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Drink Green Tea:  That refreshing green brew could have powers against Alzheimer’s disease, according to research from Newcastle University. 

Keep these in mind as you go day-to-day to create good, healthy habits to keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

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