dementia; Alzheimer's / health

Preventing Dementia

What Science Tells Us About Preventing Dementia 

“There are no instant, miracle cures. But recent studies suggest we have more control over our cognitive health than we might think.”

by Anne Tergesen in the 11/17/19 Wall Street Journal. 
1. Control high blood pressure
2. Exercise
3. Cognitive training
4. Diet: eating “a Mediterranean diet, which is high in fish, fruits, nuts and vegetables, have lower rates of dementia.”
“But a variation on that diet may offer even more protection against the development of Alzheimer’s disease.” The Mind Diet:
Eat more: leafy green and other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine (in moderation). 
Eat less: red meat, butter, cheese, sweets and fried and fast foods. 
Research study showed:
“there were about 50% fewer Alzheimer’s diagnoses among participants who most closely followed either the Mind diet or the Mediterranean diet, compared with those who followed either diet only a little.”
5. Sleep
6. Combination: the more positive factors you incorporate, the better equipped to avoid dementia.

Source: Financial Planning for Women