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Potential Alzheimer's disease risk factor and risk reduction strategies become clearer
Date:7/14/2014

COPENHAGEN Participation in activities that promote mental activity, and moderate physical activity in middle age, may help protect against the development of Alzheimer's disease and dementia in later life, according to new research reported today at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 (AAIC 2014) in Copenhagen.

Research reported at AAIC 2014 also showed that sleep problems especially when combined with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may increase dementia risk in veterans. Additionally, in a population of people age 90 and older, high blood pressure was seen to help protect against cognitive decline. This is counter intuitive as heart health risk factors, including hypertension, are generally considered to elevate risk of Alzheimer's and other dementias.

"Determining more specifically the factors that raise and lower risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is an essential component in our battle against the Alzheimer's epidemic," said Heather Snyder, Ph.D., Alzheimer's Association director of Medical and Scientific Operations. "We are now getting a more clear idea of the opportunities for risk reduction through behavior changes and other health factors. We're learning that Alzheimer's risk and protective factors may change over the course of our lives."

"These studies from AAIC 2014 underscore the need to fund larger, longer-term studies in different and diverse populations to enable us to develop helpful 'prescriptions' for lifestyle change for example, which foods to eat and avoid, how much physical activity and what types and to learn more specifically about how Alzheimer's and dementia risk factors change as we age," Snyder added.

With the support of the Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's community, the United States created its first National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease in 2012. The plan includes the critical goal, which was adopted by the G8 at the Dementia Sum
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