Alzheimer’s and dementia prevention is a continuous learning process for medical researchers. While some prevention methods for these diseases show positive results, there still are many factors to consider. Below are some possible ways to help prevent these diseases as early as possible, before they occur. While they are two different conditions, dementia can sometimes be a symptom of Alzheimer’s. Improving memory and brain function can aid in prevention of both.

Exercise the Body

Studies have shown that physical movement can strengthen memory and cognition. Activities such as playing basketball, swimming, hiking, yoga and bike riding all are forms of vigorous exercise. Other options include taking fitness classes, going for walks or playing at the playground with children or grandchildren. Doctors or caregivers may recommend another form of exercise, depending on a person’s current well-being.

Exercise the Mind

Not all exercise is physical; the brain needs stimulation as well. Reading, writing and doing math problems, board games, card games and word puzzles are several ways to keep the brain working. Consider going to school or taking an educational class on any point of interests. This could mean either hobbies, possible career ventures, or even both.

Stay Social

Any time spent interacting with others in a positive way can aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In addition to continuing education classes, social events, group camping and get-togethers with family and friends all are good ways to stay social.

Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

Consistently eating a healthy balanced diet has been shown to prevent both Alzheimer’s and dementia. Talk to your doctor and nutritionist about the types of foods you should be eating and stick to the plan. Maintaining a healthy diet is necessary to take care of your body and health in general. Omega-3 fatty acids, vegetables and fruits are all especially good for this purpose.

Take Vitamins Regularly

Taking the appropriate vitamins daily as directed can aid in disease prevention. Alzheimer’s and dementia are no different in this regard. Folic acid, B6 and B12 help lower homocysteine levels and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.