According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 66 seconds someone in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s. Two-thirds are women.
After age 60, women are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than to develop breast cancer. Once they develop this crippling disease, they experience a significantly faster cognitive decline than men.
Worried? Take these steps now to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s:
- Break a sweat: Cardio elevates your heart rate, increasing cardiovascular health from your nose to your toes.
- Use your noggin: Enroll in a class at your community college or break out the puzzles and art supplies. Any type of challenge for your brain can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.
- Protect your melon: Whether that means wearing your seatbelt in the car or a helmet on your bike ride to work, preventing brain injury is incredibly important.
- Feed your brain: Eating a healthy diet and, in turn, maintaining your cholesterol and blood pressure can have a big impact on reducing your risk of cognitive decline.
- Catch some Z’s: Quality sleep helps rest your brain, while sleep apnea and insomnia can create problems with memory and thinking.
- Spread your social butterfly wings: Social interaction can reduce stress and help offset cognitive decline.