Among fears about ageing, Alzheimer’s is right up there. ‘But optimism is growing that we can reduce the risk and possibly save ourselves,’ says Jean Carper, author of 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s (Vermilion).
Try these tips:
1. Eat berries every day
Their beneficial compounds get into your brain cells and stay there, helping to slow or reverse cognitive decline. Frozen and mixed are best: include strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries and raspberries.
2. Check blood pressure
If it’s uncontrolled and high, the risk of some kinds of dementia may be doubled. So cut down on salt and go to a check-up.
3. Build strong muscles
One study showed that older people with the strongest muscles were 61% less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Try 30 minutes’ walking a day, and some gentle weight lifting.
4. Do something new
When you have a new thought or experience you build brain structure and function, so turn off the TV and try dancing, painting or a book club.
Q: On a scale from 1 – 10 how good would you say your memory is?
(1 being very bad and 10 being excellent)
Source: Good Housekeeping magazine