Scientists have not identified exactly what causes Alzheimer’s disease, but signs do point to certain risk factors including age, family health history and gender. While the disease affects both men and women, The Alzheimer’s Association reports 1 in 6 women over the age of 60 have estimated risk of developing the disease, which is even higher than breast cancer rates (1 in 11).
New research also suggests a link between some environmental factors including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and diet may contribute to developing Alzheimer’s.
What Doesn’t Cause Alzheimer’s?
While Alzheimer’s still isn’t fully understood, there are plenty of myths about what causes the disease including using aluminum pots and pans, antiperspirants, artificial sweeteners or having silver fillings in teeth.
Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s?
Many factors including heredity and family history are beyond your control. But with ongoing research pointing to environmental factors most doctors recommend maintaining an active lifestyle with plenty of exercise and healthy diet – not just to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s but a host of other health issues.
Many experts also recommend social interaction and activities that keep your mind engaged. Learning a new language, reading, crossword puzzles, joining a walking group, painting or even taking a class at your local community college are examples.
Visit alz.org for more facts about Alzheimer’s and how to reduce your risk.
The Memory Center Daily Activities
The Memory Centers are designed to care for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Our daily activities focus and engage the aging mind, which eases common symptoms of boredom and agitation often seen in people with cognitive decline.
Programming in every Memory Center community stimulates the mind and body while encouraging social interaction by incorporating:
- Coordinated ongoing brain-stimulating programs that emphasize cognitive training which can slow decline and improve cognitive ability
- Engaging physical activities to reduce medical conditions associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia
- A hands-on approach to learning including all five senses, kinetic movement and motor skill coordination
- A variety of activities in small social settings and larger group events in our Town Center, Theater and other areas