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Thursday, October 22, 2015

4 Daily Habits That Could Keep You From Getting Alzheimer's Disease

4 Daily Habits That Could Keep You From Getting Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer’s affects about 5.3 million people in the U.S. today. It is a progressive, degenerative disorder caused by damaged brain cells and causes problems with memory, thinking, and speaking skills, as well as behavior changes. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, researchers have found that these 4 daily habits started early in life can dramatically reduce your risk for developing the disease.

4 simple ways to help prevent Alzheimer's

#1 - Get up and move - research from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign showed that people who exercise three or more times a week for 15 to 30 minutes a session are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The exercise can include anything physical, such as walking, swimming, riding a bike or even dancing.

#2- Socialize - as some people age, they often become less social and even isolate themselves. Research from the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago showed that older adults who spend more time with others have a 70 percent lower rate of memory decline over a 12-year period than older adults who are not social.

#3 - Eat healthy - especially antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory foods can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease as much as 53 percent over nearly five years, according to research from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Examples of foods good for the brain include leafy greens, vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, and wine.

#4 - Exercise your brain - it's good to not only exercise the body but equally important to exercise the mind. Keep the mind active by reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing board games, playing cards, helping grandchildren with their homework, learn a new language, take a course at the local community college. Do anything to keep your mind active, learning and healthy.

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