Tips for Healthy Living during Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Awareness Month
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – June is Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Awareness Month. the Alzheimer Association wants to focus on educating everyone about the disease and how to reduce your risk factors.
“In Mississippi alone, there are over 57,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease and 131,000 caregivers,” says Adina Welker of the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “One in four caregivers precedes the death of their loved ones because the tension and stress are so hard on them. “
Welker says that in addition to learning more about Alzheimer’s disease itself, this month is also a time to think about and show appreciation for caregivers.
Welker says early intervention is essential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. “We’re talking about 20, 30 is the time to act, because what you do now can affect what your future looks like,” she says.
Many risk factors are genetic, but not all. Maintaining a healthy heart and brain will better prevent disease.
“Keep your blood pressure under control. Keep your diabetes under control. Keep your weight low. Get some exercise, ”Welker says. “You want to eat well. We have found that the Mediterranean inspired diet helps reduce risk factors.
Head injuries also contribute to the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
“You really want to intervene. You want to wear your seat belt when you are riding in a car, when you are riding a four wheeler, when doing activities like this. Wear your helmet. Secure your children properly to their seat belts, ”she says.
Welker also suggests challenging your mind with puzzles, games, and creative activities to help keep your brain in good shape.
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