Friday, June 27, 2014
How to hold off Alzheimer’s Disease 8+ Years
Ever walk into the kitchen and wonder why you walked into the kitchen? Did you started thinking, “Gee, is this the beginning of Alzheimer’s? Or, do you have a friend or relative that has Alzheimer’s and they no longer recognize their friends or relatives?
Maybe, you’re just a worrywart and don’t know what Alzheimer’s is, but it sounds terrible and you want to know how to avoid it?
First, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.”
Scarred? If you’re not, you haven’t thought about this enough.
Here’s the good news, an article by Nicole Ostrow in Bloomberg reports that “People genetically prone to Alzheimer’s who went to college, worked in complex fields and stayed engaged intellectually held off the disease almost a decade longer than others, a study found.
Lifelong intellectual activities such as playing music or reading kept the mind fit as people aged and also delayed Alzheimer’s by years for those at risk of the disease who weren’t college educated or worked at challenging jobs, the researchers said in the study published today in JAMA Neurology.
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, and the number is expected to triple by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Today’s findings show that intellectual enrichment pursued over a lifetime may help reduce the number of people who will develop the disease...”
My net takeaway? Keep doing Lumosity.
I originally read about this on the SharpBrains website: http://sharpbrains.com/blog/2014/06/25/mental-stimulation-over-genetics-how-to-hold-off-alzheimers-disease-8-years-even-apoe4-carriers/
They picked it up from Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-23/feeding-the-brain-s-curiousity-helps-delay-alzheimer-s.html
I haven’t found the JAMA Neurology article that they reference. If you find it, please send me a link to the abstract.
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