4 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Delaying Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is one that affects millions of people worldwide. Some of the symptoms include memory loss, problems with speech and language, and personality changes. Today, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s but doctors and researchers have proposed many options to slow down the disease to ensure you do not require specialized care from a dementia care home prior to enjoying your retirement. Here are a couple of those ways that will not only improve your general health, but will also add some new hobbies and interests in your life.

What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease?

In the vast majority of cases, experts commonly agree that Alzheimer’s most likely develops as a result of multiple risk factors such as age, genetics, lifestyle, environment, and existing medical conditions. While age and genetics are uncontrollable risk factors that cannot be changed, other risk factors such as health and exercise can be changed to help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. 

Can Alzheimer’s Be Prevented?

Currently, there is no proven strategy to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is strong evidence that several factors associated with a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of developing Alzhemier’s disease and other forms of dementia. In fact, the same things that are healthy for your heart and body – – could also help reduce your chances of developing Alzhemer’s disease. A lot of it comes down to simple everyday activities:

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4 Ways to Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Learn a New Language

Having the ability to speak more than one language is something that allows your brain to work in a multitude of different ways. It is one of the most challenging tasks that you can assign to your brain. It is now believed that learning a new language can delay the start of Alzheimer’s disease by approximately four years.

Run, Run, Run

Exercise of any kind is one of the most important things that you can include in your day-to-day life. It wakes up all of the functions of the body to ensure that everything is working smoothly. Not only will exercise your general health, but according to research, exercise, running in particular, can delay the onset of the disease. 15 miles of jogging per week can delay the onset by almost 40%.

Crossword Puzzles

No matter your age, you should always be challenging your brain and your memory. A great way to do this is working on a crossword puzzle or some kind of brain challenge like Sudoku. Studies have shown that people who do crossword puzzles regularly have brains that are ten years younger than their chronological age.

Get a Good Night’s Rest

Lack of sleep and poor sleep have both been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. This is because the brain goes through a process that clears it of beta-amyloid. It is more active when we are asleep. Healthy sleep promotes a healthy life.

Read More: Why Occupational Therapy is Important For Alzheimer’s Patients

Activities For Alzheimer’s Care at Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace

Terra Vista residents have the opportunity to participate in various brain-stimulating activities that promote independence, personal expression, and sensory and intellectual stimulation. These activities have also been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

To learn more about how your loved one with Alzheimer’s could benefit from our memory care community, contact us today.

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Meet the Author


Natalie has compiled over eighteen years experience providing outstanding care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In addition to being a certified Alzheimer’s and dementia care trainer, McFarland is a licensed continued education instructor for nurses and social workers through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations. She has also developed several Alzheimer’s research partnerships. Included in those projects were Dr. Virginia Cruz, Ph.D., RN, Associate Professor of SIUE and Dr. George Grossberg, M.D., Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at Saint Louis University. Natalie is a graduate of Southern Illinois University.