CogniFit's Science blog: Preventing Alzheimer’s By Keeping You Active

Preventing Alzheimer’s By Keeping You Active

Alzheimer’s is a sad disease that impairs and even completely immobilizes a person’s ability to think, act, and behave normally. It is a progressive declining disease that usually starts with dementia and only gets worse as time passes.

The key to gaining control over Alzheimer’s is to use prevention tactics and squelch the disease even before it occurs.

New research studies in the field of neuroscience are opening doors and shedding light onto the brains ability to ward off many age related cognitive decline diseases simply by keeping the brain active over time.

Laughter and creativity are all brain functions that occur in the brains right hemisphere, and these activities can play a large role in keeping your brain sharp and far from ever developing dementia or Alzheimer’s.

There are plenty of new studies being conducted, but from what we have seen so far, researchers have determined that mental training can reduce the risk of these diseases and even improve brain functions like memory, learning, and processing speed.

In order to prevent Alzheimer’s you should actively challenge yourself mentally as much as you can. What does this mean?

Have fun! Play games and learn new traits, skills, and push yourself to expand your knowledge. Even brain training tasks may help you expand your brain power and reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s later on in life.

Here are a few more activities that you can do to help you prevent Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive diseases:

- Challenge yourself to do something new and big, such as learning a new language or taking on a musical instrument.
- Read more books, but read books in all kinds of areas and subjects; fiction and non-fiction.
- Play card games like poker or bridge, or go out and buy a few new board games to play with your family and friends.
- Go to school or finish your schooling! Even picking up a few classes on an interesting subject can be very beneficial.

There are all kinds of things that you can do to keep your brain working sharp and increasing its learning potential. The more you do, the more addictive this whole learning process will become and the easier it will become as well. Prevent Alzheimer’s by keeping you active.