It’s important to take steps that are in your control to reduce your risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and maintain overall brain health. The expert and compassionate staff at our memory care centers of excellence are here to support your health and wellbeing and provide you with the tools to live an active and healthy lifestyle.
Can Alzheimer’s Be Prevented?
Although we don’t yet know how to fully prevent Alzheimer’s, there are steps you can take today to lower your risk in the future.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s
The most impactful thing you can do to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is to take good care of yourself. Practicing healthier habits will help support your brain health, thereby lowering your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Here are a few tips to get you started on the path to a healthier lifestyle:
- Stay active: Being physically active can improve your mental cognition, cardiovascular health and energy levels, and lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Engage in Mental and Social Activities: Participating in mental and social activities may help in lowering risk of developing or delaying onset of dementia by helping maintain mental sharpness and acuity.
- Eat a healthy diet: A colorful diet chock full of essential nutrients coupled with plenty of water can improve memory, concentration and reaction time thereby lowering risk of dementia.
- Get quality sleep: Seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night can result in a boosted immune system, better weight management and an increase in productivity and mood. It can also lower your risk for serious health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, which are linked to brain health.
- Achieve mental well-being: Changing your mindset and developing certain skills can benefit your overall health and protect your brain from cognitive decline and your body from heart attack and stroke.
- Achieve cardiovascular health: By “knowing your numbers” for the five key risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease, you can take steps toward better cardiovascular health and reduce your risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Participate in research: Clinical trials are key to advancing the health care landscape and how we treat illnesses. As members of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium (AAC), the nation’s leading model of statewide collaboration in Alzheimer’s disease research, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Banner Sun Health Research Institute have developed powerful new strategies and methods to aid in the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and finding effective disease-slowing and prevention therapies through ethically-sound research. Our research institutes continue to look for ways to better diagnose, treat, and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Data from our research helps bring important treatments and major breakthroughs to the market.
Be Proactive in Your Healthy Aging
Have you ever wondered what your brain health status is or how you are performing for your age? It’s common to experience changes in memory, thinking and physical ability as you age. While some changes with aging are normal, others may be symptoms that could indicate an underlying condition or something serious.
To help keep your brain healthy and active well into your later years, Banner Sun Health Research Institute is hosting a free Brain Health Check-In. Make an appointment or learn more about the Brain Health Check-in Program.