Scary statistics were released yesterday (03-19-2013) noting that 1 in 3 seniors die while suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Alzheimer’s deaths increased a whooping 68 percent from 2000 to 2010 while most other diseases decreased during the same time period.
The Alzheimer’s Association also reported on the monetary side this disease for unpaid caregivers. Long distance caregivers spend about $10,000 per year and local caregivers will spend about $5,000 per year out of pocket to tend to a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
The overall cost of caring for Alzheimer’s patients is around $200 Billion and that number will rise to around $1.2 Trillion in the year 2050.
Alzheimer’s is a chronic disease which begins long before it is diagnosed in most people, we need to do our best to possibly prevent this disease with healthy lifestyles.
There are a few things that are strongly recommended to give us the best odds of beating this disease. Experts advise the best way to maintain a healthy brain is to treat your heart right. The heart pumps blood into the brain, if the heart isn’t healthy obviously the brain will not receive enough blood. The same goes for damaged blood vessels, clogged arteries will restrict the flow of blood to all body parts.
Here are some highly advised tips for Alzheimer’s prevention, always maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, quit or do not start smoking and exercise the brain with mind games such as crossword puzzles, brain teasers, strategy games and memory games.