Dear Ask Alison,
I was watching The Today Show and saw a computer game that claimed to prevent Alzheimer's. Does the Library have this product and does it work? What other ways are there to prevent Dementia?
~Barb R., St. Peters
At this time, there is no way to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease. Yet recent research on lifestyle habits and brain health sheds light on potential ways to reduce the risk of developing the disease, delaying the onset and/or slowing its progression.
Four healthy habits - physical exercise, diet/nutrition, mental challenges and social activity - help keep your body and brain healthy and potentially reduce cognitive decline.
- Library Tip: Attend the Library’s free fitness classes for all ages and fitness levels, or check out a Fitness Kit, with all the equipment, DVD’s, and books you need to try a new fitness routine at home!
2. Diet/nutrition - Limiting sugar and saturated fats and eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains helps reduce heart disease and possibly reduce cognitive decline.
3. Mental challenges - Learning a new skill, adopting a new hobby or engaging in formal education may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.
To learn more, visit the Alzheimer’s Association 10 Ways to Love Your Brain.
- Library Tip: Learn chess or Mah jongg, challenge your friends at Game Night, see your favorite author, or meet like-minded friends at a Book Club. Check out the Program calendar for these and much more! Give back by becoming a volunteer for the Friends of the Library and St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.