Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and in 2006 more than 26 million people were thought to be suffering it.

It is a degenerative and incurable disease that is generally diagnosed in people over the age of 65.

The key symptoms associated with the disease are memory loss, confusion, agitation, mood swings and language breakdown.

There is a significant amount of hereditary factor in Alzheimer’s disease, meaning for some people it is very difficult to avoid.

However, some definite strategies are available to all people to try to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Diet is key, and the ‘Mediterranean diet’ is known to be great for reducing the risk of the disease. The main elements of this diet are fruit and vegetables, bread, wheat and cereals, fish, olive oil, and even red wine.

Ensuring a good supply of B3, B12 and C vitamins can also make a big difference.

The next thing to do is keep mentally active. Do things that stimulate your mind such as reading, crossword puzzles, play board games and play musical instruments. Remember to remain socially active too, because this stimulates the brain and helps a lot.

You could also learn another language, because studies have shown that bilingual people tend to have a later onset of the disease.

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