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
You're a health activist. What sparked your interest?
My mother suffered from Alzheimer's. And I was diagnosed with osteoporosis
in the early 1990s. It's a message to all women that ... it's not an infirmity
you have to endure. Something can be done.
Did caring for your mother inspire you to do your new film, Away From
As insightful as the movie is about Alzheimer's, it's about the love that a
man is capable of -- what a husband is able to do in terms of making sure that
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.