While there are many risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, recent studies have shown that there are a number of non-biological risk factors. The more research conducted, the more risk factors like too much television watching, poor school grades and adult loneliness indicate that these risk factors are probable contributors to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Perhaps it is time to swallow that latest information and start to examine your lifestyle.
Alzheimer’s has, unfortunately, risen to have affected more than five million Americans and continues its upward surge.
One California research team, Tina Hoang of the Northern California Institute of Research and Education and Christine Yaffe of the University of California, discovered that too much television, plus a sedentary lifestyle, caused some 950 people who developed dementia to suffer even worse if they had poor grades in school.
Mary Ann Malack-Ragona of the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center believes that loneliness in older age is often a key factor in the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia. “Too many people, as they grow older, live cloistered lives and fare worse than counterparts with more social contacts,” she said.
Well, that settles it! It’s time for a party. And as you know, I’m always up for an extra party or two. After all is said and done, remember this old, but true, adage: when it comes to your brain, use it or lose it!