At this time, there is no known way to
Alzheimer's disease. But there are things that may make it less likely.
Adults who are physically active may be less likely than adults who aren't physically
active to get
Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia. Moderate activity is safe for most people, but it's always a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise
The Oscar-nominated movie Away from Her portrays a long-married
couple struggling with Alzheimer's disease and the emotional toll it causes when
the wife, played by actress Julie Christie, gives her affection to another man
whom she meets in a nursing home.
This heart-wrenching and emotional dramatization of Alzheimer's brings home
the difficulties families face when a person's ability to recognize and
maintain relationships gradually declines -- especially when the relationship
Older adults who stay
mentally active may be at lower risk for Alzheimer's
disease. Reading, playing cards and other games, working
crossword puzzles, and
even watching television or listening to the radio may help them avoid
symptoms of the disease. So can going out and remaining as socially active as possible. Although this "use it or lose it" approach hasn't been proved, no harm can come from regularly putting the brain to work.
People who eat more fruits and
vegetables, high-fiber foods, fish, and omega-3 rich oils (sometimes known as
the Mediterranean diet) and who eat less red meat and dairy may have some
protection against dementia.