Alzheimer’s disease is one of the leading killers in the world. It usually affects people over the age of 65 and the risk keeps increasing for every year added after 65. It is estimated that nearly 50% of the people above the age of 85 are likely to acquire Alzheimer’s disease. Like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease is also a feared disease as it turns an individual into vegetable and also wipes out his entire memory. There is no cure for this disease and none of the drugs available is having any positive impact. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia and is the commonest form of this type of neurodegenerative disorder.
Any Activity is Useful
Research indicates that physical activity drastically reduces the risk for acquiring Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. However, people over the age of 80 and who are having the highest risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease, are incapable of active physical exercise. Research shows that one does not have to go to the gym to get the benefit of exercise which may thwart Alzheimer’s disease. Any kind of physical activity helps. Activities like washing dishes, poking about in the garden, playing cards or, playing with children can be counted as exercise. Movement is what matters. In a study involving people over the age of 82, it was shown that physical movement prevented the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The activities of these individuals were monitored using a device called actigraph which was attached to these people.
Speak two languages
Another interesting study has revealed that people who know or, speak more than one language get some protection from Alzheimer’s disease. Keeping the brain engaged also helps. For example, solving puzzles or, some other activity of similar nature could provide exercise for the brain. Such activities also counter the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.