GLENDALE, Calif., Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To date, more than five million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. That number is expected to climb 40 percent by 2025 and triple by 2050, making lost mental capacity one of older Americans' greatest fears. While there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, studies have found that prevention may be the best medicine.
Recent research has shown that making a few basic lifestyle changes can help preventively bolster aging adults' physical and mental agility. From diet to stress management, a few simple adjustments can reduce many common risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.
A new infographic from MySilverAge.com outlines 10 lifestyle modifications recommended by researchers to help prevent the onset of dementia. Here are a few examples:
- Learn a second language. Speaking multiple languages strengthens cognitive skills and could delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease by four years.
- Flex that brainpower. Read books and newspapers, do crossword puzzles or play cards to keep the mind sharp and reduce risk for dementia.
- Eat like a Mediterranean. Vegetables, legumes, fruits and fish have all been linked with reducing risk for cognitive impairment.
To read more expert advice on preventing Alzheimer's disease and find more resources on memory and aging, including frequently asked questions about memory care and dementia, visit: www.mysilverage.com/alzheimersrisk.
MySilverAge is a website and online resource center, brought to you by be.group, that is designed to help seniors enjoy "what's next." MySilverAge brings together thought leaders on the subject of successful aging, leading intelligence on healthy aging and senior living, and expert tips and advice for creating the home, community and relationships in which seniors can thrive.
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