How do you prevent dementia?

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diet .intellectual stimulation, physical exercise routine? must be other habits that will
teach us how to prevent dementia/alzheimers

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Of course we should keep trying to find successful prevention. I'm not optimistic that one will be found in our lifetime. However, I do think a successful treatment can be found. Even if the treatment merely stops it from going any further than where it is in a patient, that would do wonders.

When Mom was diagnosed with AD, she was really just experiencing memory loss, a bit of confusion and occasional odd behaviour. If there was treatment that guaranteed her not getting any worse, everything would be so different. At the time of her diagnosis, she was still able to take care of herself.
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Zoomdots, your are right. Just because it is not preventable now doesn't mean that isn't a very worthy goal to work toward. I am so glad that great research is going on all over the world to better diagnose, treat, and ultimately prevent all forms of dementia.

I directly all of the memorial gifts I received after my husband died of dementia to the Michael J Fox Foundation, because my husband's dementia doctor is very impressed by the brain research they support. And my husband donated brain tissue for dementia research. (I am now awaiting the autopsy report.)

I think that donnacecilia is exactly right. Medical science was leaps and bounds ahead of social science. Our institutions have no idea how to deal with all these elderly people! So in addition to research to help the elderly stay healthier and avoid the cruel disease of dementia, we also need to work on public health care policies, retirement plans and pensions, social security, etc. etc. I'm afraid at the present time we are putting more effort into the medical research than into the social issues. We need both!
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just because we learned this is not preventable does not mean we stop attempting to be proactive

we are an educated generation

spiritually, intellectually and wealthy in research

find a way to prevent this and be proactive
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Hi. This is my first post on the site.

IMO, the problem really is that science has enabled the average person to live longer. However, they never imagined the repercussions involved. It appears they didn't take into account the diseases that go with aging.

It's feared the baby boomers will inundate the healthcare system. There won't be enough long term care facilities or doctors to accommodate and treat them.

And I don't believe there is any way to prevent it. My mom has AD and she was always a quick witted, active woman. There's a plethora of intelligent and health conscious people who suffer from some form of dementia.

Our only hope is finding either a cure or successful treatment that will halt it in its tracks.
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The best way to prevent dementia is to die young. Sorry.
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If anyone has the answer to this question, it would be worth $10 trillion+. One can do all the good things doctors are telling us to do, but one thing that doesn't change and that is your DNA (genetic predisposition). I encourage all who have a family history to participate in one of the research studies going on to find a cure. Mine is Mayo Clinic and Sun Health Research Institute who have partnered with Banner too. One can also donate one's brain at death since that is the only way to know for sure one had Alzheimer's disease. Since my mother's family of 10 had the gene, I am doing my part with exercise, great diet and maintaining the weight I had in high school, but unless there is a cure in the next 10-15 yrs., I will probably get it too. So pray for those researchers finding a cure!
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Dear wuvicecream,
What you have written here is so very true:
'''I see people moving to the beat that are otherwise immobile, tapping a bit, picking there heads up, smiling, singing, or just being quiet but you can tell they are in a moment of joy. The files stored wherever music is logged/saved in our brains must be saved in a different way. The words of songs are not forgotten, it triggers good moods, it brings you back to a time and a place.""""

My Mom used to sing and raise and wave her arms back and forth to the beat of the words and song of this old song that she sang with one of the CNA's at hospice. Everybody was shocked that she could do that and remember all of the words and even raise her arms with the beat of the music. Remember that old song by Tennessee Ford? =
"" You load 16 tons,
And what do you get?
Another day older,
And deeper in debt.
Saint Peter, don't you call me,
Cause I can't go,
I owe my soul to the company store""
My Mom used to sing that song with her all of the time and it shocked me that she would just remember it after decades and decades and decades of not singing it or even remembering it. AND if made her sooo happy to sing it too!!!!! Just as you said it does.
It made her sooooo happy to sing it and it made me want to cry every time in happiness when she sang it. I regret not taking a video of her and the CNA, I had planned to the next day or the next, but unfortunately, Mom passed within 4 days and was partially unconcious and too weak to sing it. So, yes, I believe you that music does wonders and we do not know why. But my Mom is proof of that. I always had the radio on in her room constantly even when she was sleeping to a Christian radio station. I wanted her to hear God's Word even in her sleep.
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Simple answer: You can't prevent Dementia or Alzheimer disease.
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Also, my great grandmother mentioned above had dementia or AD in 1954. This is not a modern day disease/condition. I have letters written by ancestors mentioning caring for "loony" old relatives. I agree with doedoe1237, it is in some families and they will get it no matter what. My father was well aware of his chances but his exemplary lifestyle did not win out. Sometimes you just have to expect and accept.
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My husband did all the right things, physical exercise, good diet, interested in a whole
lot of difference things, kept active and busy and he has dementia. His mom had it
and his aunt on his Dad's side had Alzheimers. I think it is in the genes.
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