Answers to Common Alzheimer’s Disease Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s disease and how to live with and manage the condition.

Are there preventive steps everyone can follow to ward off Alzheimer’s?

Dr. Larry Lawhorne discusses preventive steps everyone can follow to ward off Alzheimer’s. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

You should get plenty of exercise. You should have good nutrition, and use alcohol only in moderation. You should not smoke. You should control your blood pressure and your cholesterol.

We know that people with a social network stay healthy longer. Even if they get sick or injured, they seem to recover more quickly if they have a strong support system.

And we know that keeping the mind active makes a difference. A study that followed a group of nuns for many years found that the more the women read, the more sophisticated their writing became. These women also had a lower chance of getting Alzheimer's disease than people who did not read as much and who didn't write with complex sentences.

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Source: Larry Lawhorne, MD, Wright State Physicians; National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association