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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Lays Out Strategies for Healthy Aging
Date:5/6/2009

risk factors, evolving research emphasizes that some other factors may be controllable.

According to Richard E. Powers, M.D., chairman of AFA's Medical Advisory Board, "We know that if you have clinical conditions like poorly controlled hypertension, diabetes and obesity, your risk for developing memory loss goes up. That's why you have to make good lifestyle decisions and act on the risk factors you can change."

Penning the site's first "Prevention Pundit" column is Paul D. Nussbaum, Ph.D., chairman of AFA's Prevention Advisory Board and author of "Your Brain Health Lifestyle." In his column, Nussbaum urges a comprehensive approach for overall brain health that includes multiple lifestyle behaviors: physical activity, mental stimulation, nutrition, socialization and spirituality.

"It is time for our society to recognize the miracle of the human brain and to apply what we know about brain health to all aspects of daily life. Most importantly, individuals must take steps that will generate brain reserve and do their best to protect their own life story from being robbed by devastating diseases such as Alzheimer's disease," said Nussbaum, an adjunct associate professor in neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

For Jane Angelich of Novato, CA living a healthy lifestyle is paramount. Having watched her mother decline from Alzheimer's disease and her father struggle as a caregiver for about 10 years, Angelich, 57, said her biggest health concern is Alzheimer's disease.

As a result, her lifestyle rules include an annual checkup, no smoking or drinking, eating a balanced diet, constantly reading "to keep myself sharp," and keeping abreast of the latest research.

Although Angelich realizes she "can't control her future entirely," she said, "I just don't want my husband to have to go through what my dad went through."


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