Alzheimer's News

Prevention, treatment & outlook

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Steps to Preventing Alzheimer's

Q. What can you do to prevent Alzheimer's disease?

A. "If you have a family history of Alzheimer's, or simply if you are older, you may want to make a few lifestyle changes.

Mental stimulation and creative activities, regular exercise, social interaction, a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants (the darker the better), cold-water fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, and nuts (which contain vitamin E) all can play a protective role.

Also, take care to maintain a healthy weight. In a long-term study of 1,500 adults that was presented in 2004, researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that those who were obese in middle age were twice as likely to develop dementia in later life."

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

To Screen or Not to Screen?

Memory screenings—those five-minute evaluations given by health care professionals—are becoming more and more popular. While some critics question the validity of such screenings, new tools are making them a more reliable method of detection. That's good news, because proponents say early detection of Alzheimer's and dementia is important in three ways: it enables people to start treatment, thus slowing the progression of symptoms; it helps people begin the coping process early; and it helps prepare caregivers for what lies ahead. Memory screenings don't diagnose an illness, but they do help identify people who may have symptoms. Talk with your doctor if you've noticed changes in your memory.

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