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Information about Alzheimer's Association
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Published on February 17, 2014

Author: WIWomensHealth



Kari Paterson, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association of South Central Wisconsin

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer's Association 2013 Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Figures

Heart Health = Brain Health  Prevent heart disease and stroke – Watch for high blood pressure in mid-life and manage – Control high cholesterol  Weight – Obesity increases risk of AD  Diabetes  Smoking

What Can You Do?  Exercise – Persons who walked five times a week for 20-30 min. had reduced risk. – Get a pedometer – set goals!  Monitor and control your numbers – BP, blood glucose, weight  Quit smoking

Actions for maintaining brain health • Watch your medical numbers • Take care of your heart • Maintain a healthy weight • Get some exercise • Eat more veggies, less fat Stay mentally active and socially connected •

Eat Right  Diets rich in: – Anti-oxidants • Vitamin C and E – – – – Omega-3 fatty acids Dark green leafy vegetables Folic acid and folate, B vitamins Red wine? Dark chocolate?  Diets low in saturated and trans fats  Read labels!!!

Brain Smart Nutrition  Antioxidants: Vitamin E and C. Foods such as blueberries, strawberries, nuts  The B Vitamins: B6 and B12 (B6 foods such as potatoes, bananas, chicken breasts, white turkey, brown rice, rainbow trout. etc.) Folic acid and folate (Vit. B9) cereal, broccoli, bananas, peas, asparagus, spaghetti, bread, oranges, and nuts  Vitamins as needed in response to our body needs and to supplement what some medications may take away. Check with nutritionist or dietitian.  The Mediterranean Diet

Psychological and Social Well-being Lower stress and decrease stress hormone cortisol Recognize and treat depression Seek out social connectedness Keep a purpose in life

Increase Mental Stimulation!  Exercise your mind  Develop a system of reminders and cues  Take time to remember things  Learn relaxation techniques  Keep a positive attitude  Check your levels  Keep your perspective - Dr. Paul Takahashi

Ways to Exercise Your Mind  Use your non dominant hand one day a week for the entire day.  Try doing an everyday activity with your eyes closed.  Take a new route to work, home, or the supermarket.  Move items around in a room to “shake things up a bit”.  Take a class at the local college on a new subject.  Play word games or use a new word everyday. -Keep Your Brain Alive, Lawrence C. Katz Ph.D. and Manning Rubin

Memory Enhancement Techniques  Focus your attention  Use associations  Write things down  Repeat information  Rely on placement  Review photo albums or yearbooks

Summary: Prevention of Alzheimer’s No proven strategy. Best evidence points to:  Keep physically active  Control heart disease risk factors  High blood pressure and cholesterol  Excess weight  Type 2 diabetes  Smoking  Be intellectually and socially active  Participate in research, advocate for Alzheimer’s research funding

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