NJ.com recently featured an article with surprisingly simple steps to take that may reduce your likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes progressive mental deterioration and affects memory and other important functions.
Alzheimer’s is linked to a number of potentially serious health risks, including an increased risk of sustaining serious injuries in a fall down accident.
“Falls are a leading cause of broken hips and other serious injuries in the elderly, and those with Alzheimer’s are at particularly high risk of falling. Problems with vision, perception, and balance increase as Alzheimer’s advances, making the risk of a fall more likely.”- Alzinfo.org
Like any serious disease or ailment prevention is crucial, and according Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow, and other public health experts, having a defined purpose in life could prevent Alzeheimer’s.
“More social activity, more physical activity, higher cognitive activities, high purpose in life — all these psychosocial factors seem to be linked with longer life, decreased mortality, decreased disability and provide important clues to a public health approach to try to increase independence in older people in later life,” said Dr.Aron S.Buchman, a Rush University Medical Center researcher.
As you and your loved ones age consider volunteering or supporting a cause close to your heart. These simple steps may prevent future physical deterioration and serious injuries.