UConn Health Minute: Understanding Alzheimer’s

UConn Health Minute: Understanding Alzheimer’s


Alzheimer’s disease is the most common
form of dementia, which is a condition that affects brain function and,
particularly at the beginning, short-term memory. But as the illness progresses it
affects other parts of brain function, too— speech comprehension, judgment, and
sometimes behavior. There’s not currently a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but there
are things that you can do now to prevent or decrease your risk of getting
dementia or Alzheimer’s disease when you’re older. Those things relate to
brain health, which is closely connected to heart health: eating a heart-healthy
diet, not smoking cigarettes, making sure your blood pressure’s under good control,
making sure if you have high cholesterol that it’s treated, and exercising on a
regular basis. And there’s some evidence to suggest that using your brain,
actually exercising your brain, can prevent the onset of dementia and
Alzheimer’s disease also.

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