More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2025, the number of people living with this disease is projected to rise to nearly 13 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are ways to reduce the risks of developing this disease.
Being proactive by establishing healthy routines early on can decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Here are lifestyle changes that you can make to keep your brain healthy and stimulated:
- Physical Activity: Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine, such as aerobic activity or cardio will get your heart rate up, which can help to maintain brain function.
- Changing Your Diet: Switching to or incorporating parts of the Mediterranean diet, or a plant-based diet improves cognition, memory, and brain volume.
- Maintaining a Sleep Schedule: Staying consistent with your sleep schedule, getting enough hours of sleep and a better-quality sleep is important to several brain functions, including how neurons communicate with each other.
- Staying Social: Staying in contact with family, friends, and your community and maintaining these strong social connections will keep your brain mentally active. Social stimulation strengthens connections between nerve cells in the brain.
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