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Alzheimer’s Prevention Tips

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Alzheimer’s Prevention Tips

Studies show that healthy behaviors, which can prevent some kinds of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease may also reduce your risk for cognitive decline. Although age, genetics, and family history can’t be changed, the Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention and care suggests that addressing risk factors may prevent or delay up to 40% of dementia cases.

heartHere’s what you can do:

  1. High blood pressure may increase your risk of dementia. Maintain a healthy blood pressure level. Tens of millions of American adults have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control.
  1. cigaretteQuit smoking—this action may help maintain brain health and can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses. Free quit line: 1-800-784-8669.
  1. Be physically active. CED studies show physical activity can improve thinking, reduce risk of depression and anxiety and help you sleep better.

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  1. Maintain a healthy weight. Healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. Instead, it is about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.
  1. sleeping cartoon drawingGet enough sleep. A third of all American adults report that they usually get less sleep than the recommended amount. How much sleep do you need?—it depends on your age.
  1. Stay engaged. There are many ways for older adults to get involved in their community.

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  1. Manage blood sugar. Learn how to manage your blood sugar especially if you have diabetes.

These healthy habits can be used to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It is never too late or too early to adopt preventative measures that promote healthy aging. For more information on Alzheimer’s, please go to the CDC website: or the Alzheimer’s Association:

Your health is important to our community’s well-being! For additional information, please call Public Health at 712.755.4422 for more information on Alzheimer’s preventative measures.