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Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

While we can't immunize ourselves against Alzheimer's, scientists have discovered several risk factors that influence our chances of developing the disease. While some of these factors are out of our control, others are clearly mediated by our own decisions and lifestyles. Find out how to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's by making healthy lifestyle choices.

Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s Through Exercise
Clinical research has identified several factors associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's. One of the more frequently referenced ones is physical exercise. Learn why and how researchers think exercise helps both the body and the brain.

What Is Cognitive Reserve?
Learn what cognitive reserve is, how to develop it, and if it prevents Alzheimer's disease.

Does Being Overweight Increase Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease?
Learn how being overweight or obese can affect your chances of developing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Mental Exercise: 12 Ways to Stretch Your Brain
Interested in keeping your brain healthy? There's no sure way to prevent Alzheimer's yet, but maintaining an active brain helps reduce the risk. Try these 8 fun ways to keep your mind in shape!

10 Ways You Can Decrease Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Interested in preventing Alzheimer's and keeping your brain healthy? Here are 10 things you can do to decrease your risk of dementia.

Diet: Eat these Foods to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Want to know what to eat to decrease your risk of Alzheimer's? Try these 11 foods for better brain health and functioning.

Does High Blood Pressure Really Affect Your Risk of Developing Dementia?
Ever wondered if there is a connection between high blood pressure and brain health? Learn what research says about the possibility of preventing dementia.

Does the Mediterranean Diet Impact Brain Health and Memory?
Does what you eat make a difference? Learn what research says about how a Mediterranean diet can affect cognitive functioning and risk for dementia.

Does an Apple a Day Keep Dementia Away?
Are apples just tasty snacks, or might they play an important role in our brain?

Is Sugar Bad for Your Brain? (Please Tell Me "No!")
Love sugar? I do. But how does it affect our brains? Learn about the relationship between higher blood sugar levels and cognition.

The Benefits of Berries for Our Brains
Good news for those of you who enjoy eating berries. Here's how they can protect your brain, as well as serve as a delicious snack.

Research: Cynical Personality Affects Your Risk of Developing Dementia
Does personality affect your chance of developing dementia? Here's what one research study concluded.

Does Caffeine Decrease Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease?
Is that cup of coffee good for you or not? Here's what research says about coffee, caffeine and your brain.

Does Education Level Affect the Risk of Developing Dementia?
Learn how and why your education level impacts your risk of developing dementia.

Does Caffeine Improve Your Memory?
Need to justify that caffeine habit? This may help, although it might not apply to that daily soda you guzzle by noon.

Smoking Tobacco and Second Hand Smoke Exposure Increase Dementia Risk
Did you know that both smoking and second hand smoke could increase your risk of developing dementia? Save your lungs and your brain!

Does Vitamin E Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease?
Learn what research has found about dietary intake vs. supplementation of vitamin E, and how they affect your risk for Alzheimer's disease.

How Does Alcohol Affect Your Brain?
Have you heard conflicting reports of whether alcohol is good for your brain? Here's how it affects your risk for Alzheimer's and other dementia.

Fact or Myth: Crossword Puzzles Prevent Dementia
Enjoy doing crossword puzzles? Find out if they're beneficial for your brain or just an entertaining way to pass the time.

Does Social Interaction Prevent Dementia?
What if just the act of spending time with friends gave your brain a boost and protected it from dementia?

Preventing Alzheimer’s: Can Concussions Cause Dementia?
Is that bump on the head a cause for concern in the future, or just a momentary headache? Here's what research says about concussions and dementia.

Cinnamon- Tasty and Good for Your Brain?
Does cinnamon help your brain? Learn what research says about this common spice and its possible role in protecting your brain from dementia.

Sit! Roll Over! Can You Train Your Brain?
Have you worked out your brain today? You might want to add cognitive push-ups to your daily routine after reading about these benefits.

6 Tips to Improve Your Memory and Recall
Consider these 6 tips as your starting place when you're working to get new information "stuck" in your brain. These techniques are easy to use and are very effective for most people. In fact, research shows that even if you've been diagnosed with early dementia, these tips can assist you in learning new information.

How Vitamin D Helps Your Brain
Interested in reducing your risk for dementia? Studies show that adequate levels of certain vitamins may promote brain health.

Alzheimer's Prevention and Diet
New research adds weight to the positive effect of a certain type of diet on Alzheimer's risk. Specifically, a diet rich in omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E and folate but poor in saturated fatty acids and vitamin B12 was the diet most associated with decreased Alzheimer's risk.

The ApoE Gene Diet -- A Handbook for Tailoring our Lifestyle to our Genes
In "The ApoE Gene Diet," Pamela McDonald, FA, WHCNP, PNP, FNP, provides valuable information about how the ApoE gene interacts with our diet and environment to affect our risk of developing Alzheimer's and other chronic diseases. Whether or not you decide to undergo ApoE genetic testing, many of her recommendations can help you live a healthier, longer life.

Alzheimer's Risk Factors
Are there Alzheimer's risk factors that influence who gets Alzheimer's disease and why? Research has revealed important Alzheimer's risk factors -- some preventable, others not -- that affect one's chances of developing the disease.

Exercise and Brain Fitness
We know that exercise is good for physical fitness, but research indicates that it's good for brain fitness, too -- perhaps even when Alzheimer's disease has developed.

Does Eating Fish Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease?
Got fish on your brain? Learn how certain kinds of fish impact cognitive health.

Can Alzheimer's Disease Really Be Prevented?
There's a lot of information out there about preventing Alzheimer's, but can the disease really be prevented? Discover the difference between prevention and risk reduction, as well as the four lifestyle changes you can make to improve brain health.

Can NSAIDs Reduce Alzheimer's Risk?
You may have heard that taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen could reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease. Unfortunately, the evidence for this assumption is not very clear-cut. Considering that three major studies of this theory reported conflicting results, it may be best to use NSAIDs only for what they were originally intended: treating pain.

Can Diet and Nutrition Reduce My Risk of Alzheimer's Disease?
Research suggests that a key to Alzheimer's prevention is adopting a "brain-healthy" diet. Learn how diet and nutrition can reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease.

How Can Physical Exercise Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?
Physical exercise helps prevent Alzheimer's by increasing blood flow to the brain, encouraging the development of new brain cells, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular conditions associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Can Keeping My Mind Active Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?
Staying mentally active can help reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease by increasing connections between brain cells and building up "cognitive reserve." In other words, if new connections are formed between brain cells, this can make up for a loss of cognitive functioning if Alzheimer's sets in at a later time.

Can Staying Socially Active Reduce My Risk For Alzheimer's Disease?
It might be hard to believe, but something as simple as staying socially active can reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Learn the best ways to prevent Alzheimer's through social interaction.

Develop Your Personal Plan for a Healthy Brain
You've heard that taking care of yourself can keep your brain sharp, but where do you begin? Follow these instructions to develop your personal plan for a healthy brain, and you'll be on your way to better brain health in no time.

Top Ten Ways to Improve Your Mental Fitness
They say that variety is the spice of life -- and according to About.com's Guide to Longevity, Dr. Mark Stibich, variety is also a key to staying sharp as we age. Take a look at his ten tips for improving mental fitness and keeping the brain healthy.

About.com Calorie Count Plus
This free service from About.com helps you count calories, plan healthy meals, and even design an exercise regimen to complement your diet. Losing weight is good for your brain as well as your body, so if you need to shed some pounds, this is a great place to start.

Does Air Pollution Increase the Risk Of Developing Alzheimer's Disease?
Learn how the quality of the air you breathe may impact your chances of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Can Our Leisure Activities Help Prevent Cognitive Decline?
Can playing board games and reading really reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease? This article published in Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology, recaps a study that sheds light on how our leisure choices affect brain health.

How important is smoking as an Alzheimer's risk factor?
Cigarette smoking has not been considered a major contributor to Alzheimer's risk; in fact, some older studies and news stories have even perpetuated the notion that smoking even protects against Alzheimer's risk. But more convincing recent evidence seems to set the record straight: cigarette smoking is clearly associated with higher risk of...

Preserving Your Memory Magazine
The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation has launched Preserving Your Memory magazine, which offers feature articles on brain health based on the latest scientific research. It also offers advice and resources for those already living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. A free copy is available by visiting the magazine's website.

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