Alzheimers Disease – Causes and Prevention

Surprisingly simple ways to improve your odds

What causes Alzheimers disease? Despite the latest information, many seniors are afraid of getting Alzheimers disease. (The risk is actually low — click on Alzheimers disease — What are your odds?) While there's no cure yet for the causes of Alzheimers disease, new information includes two very important discoveries.

#1. Doctors frequently mistake drug interactions, side effects and other treatable problems for Alzheimers disease (many symptoms are virtually identical to Alzheimers disease). The latest information shows that correcting the causes of these symptoms early enough often allows seniors to resume normal lives.

#2. Doctors aren't certain about the causes for Alzheimers disease. But, new information shows that people who exercise, stay mentally active, and are socially connected are less likely to develop any form of dementia, including Alzheimers disease. Here's what you can do.

Prescription Drugs Interactions
and Other Treatable Problems

Modern drugs are a double-edged sword — they can be miracle cures — or among the causes of horrible problems such as confusion — often mistaken for Alzheimers and other dementias. For more information, visit our page Prescription Drugs Interactions.

Vitamin B12 Benefits, Foods
and Deficiency Symptoms

Vitamin B12 helps metabolism, red blood cell formation, and maintains the central nervous system. Vitamin B12, folic acid and Vitamin B6, reduce homocysteine levels. High levels of homocysteine have been implicated as one of the causes of Alzheimers, vascular dementia, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms

As many as 20% of seniors have low Vitamin B12 levels; they've lost some ability to fight high levels of homocysteine. B12 deficiency symptoms include confusion that, in advanced cases, is often mistaken as dementia symptoms. The deficiency is usually treatable with a balanced diet including foods high in B12 and, if persistent, once-a-month injections. For more info, visit our page Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms.

Vitamin B12 foods
Eggs, meat, poultry, shellfish, milk and milk products.

Folic acid foods
Beans, peas, lentils, citrus fruits and juices, wheat bran and other whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables, poultry, pork, shellfish, liver.

Vitamin B6 foods
Beans, peas, lentils, bananas, poultry, eggs, pork, wheat bran and other whole grains, fish, liver, vegetables.

Dehydration Symptoms

Dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization after age 65. Symptoms include persistent fatigue, lethargy, muscle weakness or cramps, dizziness, nausea, headaches, deep rapid breathing, increased heart rate, or confusion and forgetfulness. To learn more, visit our page Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration.

Other common treatable problems to discuss with your doctor ...

Alcohol abuse
Depression
Sleep disorders
Underactive thyroid gland

Stay Physically and Mentally Active
Stay Socially Connected

Maintain your emotional health. Keep in touch with family and friends, join a club, do volunteer work, keep a positive outlook on life. The death rate for isolated older people is two to four times higher than seniors with strong social ties.

Keep your mind sharp. Challenge your mind — read, travel, play card games, do crossword puzzles, play chess, pursue hobbies, learn new skills, take classes. Mentally active people also tend to be more physical active. Physical activity increases blood flow throughout the body, including the brain. This provides brain cells with more oxygen and other nutrients needed to stay healthy.

Train Your Brain

This innovative brain health workbook has sold over 2.5 million copies globally! Dr. Kawashima, a prominent neurologist in Japan, developed this program of daily simple math calculations that can help boost your brain power, improve your memory, and stave off the mental effects of aging.

Exercise regularly. It helps prevent age-related dementia by improving mental functioning. Even moderate exercise can reverse the effects of aging if you do it consistently. It's not only about living longer — but living better — able to do the things you enjoy. And, people who exercise generally feel better, helping you keep a positive outlook on life.

To learn more, click here on Alzheimers disease information or causes for Alzheimers disease. If you're looking for a safer living arrangement for your loved one, here is a very good Alzheimers / Dementia Facility Checklist.