Stress – or the body’s response to any demand – may not be all that bad in small doses. It can help us get through a short-term crisis, such as the first few days of a pandemic. But chronic stress -- the ongoing kind, such as weeks’-long interruptions to our normal rhythms due to the coronavirus outbreak -- is the stuff that can be a mental killer.
It’s never too late to take charge of your brain health! Join AARP’s free Five Pillars of Brain Health workshop to discover how living an active life – by learning more, being social, staying fit, eating right and managing stress – is our best bet for maintaining our brain health. Share your brain-boosting tips and be inspired by others.
In the fight against Alzheimer’s we have different ways to protect brain health and delay dementia. These include regular aerobic exercise, eating a low-inflammatory diet like the Mediterranean or MIND diet, treating conditions that harm the brain such as diabetes and hypertension, staying socially active, achieving higher education, and being a life-long learner.
This year’s Facts and Figures report from the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.8 million Americans are living with dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease–a number expected to grow steeply in coming decades as Baby Boomers age. The report also lists and defines the stages of Alzheimer’s disease, one of which might be unfamiliar to you.
In honor of Father’s Day, we share a story of a strong advocate of a father with Alzheimer’s disease and how family history led to genetic test results that sparked lifestyle changes to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s.
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