Some Ways to Delay the Effects of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative and debilitating condition that unfortunately has no cure as of yet. While doctors and scientists work on finding that elusive cure, they are recognizing ways that one can delay the effects of Alzheimer's disease at least for some time.

It was recently reported by the Associated Press that if you exercise your brain you may be able to put off the effects of Alzheimer's. This may be because as you stay mentally active, the brain continues to build neurons and renew itself. Alzheimer's is often thought to be caused by the breakdown of neurons and nerve cells in the brain. By building new ones, you are offsetting the effects of Alzheimer's by at least a small amount.

Challenging your brain may include doing any type of mental exercise that challenges you. This could include doing crossword puzzles, playing chess, learning a foreign language, taking a class of any type, learning a new card game, or anything else that you find new and exciting.

The effects of Alzheimer's may also be delayed or offset by protecting your social functions as well. Being around other people and having healthy relationships also protect your brain functions and neurons. It's important then to stay active and socially connected, especially as you age. If you find that your family is no longer close, take the initiative to join a book club, a church, a volunteer organization, or any type of social setting that will keep you connected with people. By keeping yourself tied with other persons on a regular basis you can help keep the effects of Alzheimer's from taking over or setting in too early.

Keeping stress and anxiety at bay also seems to help keep your brain healthy as well. Excessive stress causes your blood vessels to constrict and your heart to work overtime, both of which are very bad for your circulatory system. The brain needs fresh blood and oxygen just as much as any other part of the body to delay the effects of Alzheimer's.

You obviously cannot stop Alzheimer's disease completely; however, there are steps you can do to keep yourself mentally healthy and socially active in order to fend off the disease as long as possible, and to make it more manageable if you do contract it. Work hard to keep yourself healthy and you'll experience the benefits of long-term health when it comes to the effects of Alzheimer's.

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