Know the risk factors for the development of Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Increasing age is the primary risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease
  • Genetics (runs in families). There is a certain gene, apolipoprotein E (APOE) that is associated with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Other genes have been associated with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

Stay mentally active: 

  • Play board games
  • Play a musical instrument
  • Do activities that require “brain power”

Get physically active:

  • Exercise

Stay socially active:

  • Talk with friends and family
  • Join in on group activities (such as worship services, exercise classes, choir, book clubs)

Healthy diets:

  • Follow the Mediterranean or DASH diet or another healthy diet that includes antioxidants. 
  • Consume alcoholic beverages in moderation