Prevent Alzheimer's by adding these simple activities to your routine

What should you add to your day to have a higher quality of life means and we live much longer than before.

And whist this brings many benefits, all perks come with a price. Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia. It mainly affects people over 65 and the risk doubles every five years from then on. As many as one in six people over 8 show signs of dementia. Although still far from becoming an epidemic, experts say some 40 million people are thought to be living with Alzheimer's disease worldwide.

Occasionally, a friend or family member may tell us that someone we know was diagnosed with this disease.

The battle to cure it is still going on with little results. However, not all is as bleak as it may seem. There are plenty of tips and tricks that may help prevent the condition.

1. Socializing and sharing time with others

Boosting social interaction is a key, being with other people activates our brain.

Being with other people activates our brain. It forces us to enhance our ability to communicate and resolve conflicts and crises. Boosting social interaction is key to your mental health and studies show that those with higher levels of social interaction were less likely to develop dementia.

2. Training the brain

Exercise the brain to delay, it will help avoid symptoms associated with Alzheimer's.

Just as we have, or should have at least a good exercise routine, we can get our brain to exercise as well. You will avoid, or at least delay, the onset of symptoms associated with Alzheimer's. Reading, manual work, learning a language, doing crossword puzzles, doing the math: it's all about making the brain work harder.

3. Quit smoking

Quit smoking. you are 45% more likely to suffer from dementia or degenerative diseases

If you're a smoker, you're more at risk for Alzheimer's. Specifically, you are 45% more likely to suffer from dementia or degenerative diseases. Quitting brings along a host of benefits. It might be difficult, but it’s worth the effort.

4. Taking care of your diet

Reduce the risk of Alzehimer with your diet

Although there is little scientific evidence to show a link between diet and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, you may be able to reduce your risk of developing it by taking steps to improve your overall health. Include apples, nuts, carrots, citrus fruits, pumpkin, grapes, tomatoes, legumes, or fish to your diet to boost your immune system.

5. Taking care of our heart

Reduce your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity with healthy exercise routine

Cardiovascular disease has been linked with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Reduce your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity with a healthy exercise routine and a healthy diet. Don’t forget to check your blood pressure and keep alcohol to a minimum.

6. Protecting our head

Wear protective gear. Severe head injury with loss of consciousness and future Alzheimer's disease are closely rrelated.

Medical studies estimate the risk of severe head injury with loss of consciousness and future Alzheimer's disease. This is especially important for athletes and certain jobs. And it is vital in the case of cyclists. Don’t forget to wear your protective gear.

7. Physical exercise

Staying physically active for at least 30 minutes a day reduces the occurrence of dementia.

Staying physically active reduces the occurrence of dementia in general and Alzheimer's in particular. We don't have to run to a gym. It is sufficient to walk for at least 30 minutes a day. Spending time outdoors and in contact with nature is also very beneficial. So if you don’t feel like taking that HIIT class, worry not. You can walk around a local park while listening to your favorite

8. Some specific activities can be very helpful in preventing this disease

Learning to play an instrument can protect the brain and prevent cognitive decline.

A new study suggests that dancing can reduce the risk of this disease by up to 50%, as well as increase your brain volume. Dancing improves social relationships and prevents loneliness, one of the factors that contribute to depression and further cognitive impairment.

Gardening

can also reduce the risk of dementia by 50% as it reduces stress, fights obesity, lowers blood pressure, and prevents depression.

Keeping a journal

stimulates your imagination, your creativity, and increases verbal fluency. Writing expands your vocabulary, increases intelligence, and protects the brain.

Listening to music and learning to play an instrument

can protect the brain and prevent cognitive decline. Also, music is one of the best ways to improve the quality of life for Alzheimer's patients and to reinforce memory.

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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