Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common cause of Dementia in older adults. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It is irreversible and can eventually impede the ability to carry out simple tasks such as cooking or driving a car. As many as 5.5 million Americans age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s, so it is important to maintain your cognitive health (NIH, 2020).
Steps to maintaining cognitive health:
– Exercise regularly
– Incorporate a diet full of fruits and vegetables
– Spend time with loved ones
– Keep an active mind by reading, learning a new skill, or doing puzzles
– Control chronic health issues such as diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
– Maintain a healthy body weight
– Stop smoking
– Avoid excessive alcohol use
– Get plenty of sleep
– Reach out for help if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression
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