The greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer’s is advancing age. Most individuals with the disease are age 65 or older. The likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s doubles about every five years after age 65 and after age 85, the risk reaches nearly 50 percent. According to an article in Parade magazine, there are at least three ways to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
1.Exercise Your Mind and Body
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Use it or lose it!” St. George Village boasts many opportunities to exercise including Tai Chi, Chair aerobics, line dancing, gardening, balloon volleyball, fishing, water aerobics, and weight training. Exercising one’s mind, however, sometimes takes more creativity. Board games, card games, word puzzles, sudoku, and “brainteasers” are great ideas! In fact, check out this website for fun options: http://www.parade.com/games/lumosity/index.html
2.Eat Foods Rich in Folate
These include fruits and leafy-green vegetables. Peanuts, okra, green peas, collard greens, spinach and black-eyed peas are all folate-rich foods which are “big hits” in the South.
3. Stay Socially Connected
Call, write, or email your family and friends often. Participate in day trips, group activities, and religious events. Share meals with others. Seek out others with common interests and help each other stay involved! If you need ideas of how to maintain an active lifestyle, just check out the activity calendars from any of our St. George Village neighborhoods!
Submitted by Meredith Swinford, LMSW