Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia of old age and the third largest group of degenerative diseases of central nervous system. For many patients, memory disorders become annoying as they age. Approximately 40% of those over 65 years shows the alterations of memory, associated with aging which is for example in the U.S., about 16 million people of which 1% annual evolve to dementia. It is important to look seriously any symptoms. It is also useful to obtain a standardized score of cognitive ability through the use of recording scales such as minimental status examination which consists of 30 themes that evaluates memory, orientation, attention, calculation, language and visual skills.
What are the rules for maintaining brain health?
Chronic stress can contribute to depression and anxiety disorders that interfere often with the normal processes of memory, especially for elderly patients.
Exercise can increase cerebral flow, which in turn leads to stimulation of nerve cells.
People who are overweight are at increased risk of developing diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure. These diseases associated with obesity, cardiovascular diseases occur, which result in impaired memory and dementia. Studies show that low-fat diets reduce the risk of Alzheimer's installation. There are, however, and beneficial fats for brain health (diet rich in olive oil with a protective effect against cognitive decline associated with aging). Vitamin C and A, with an antioxidant, may also protect the brain. It was proven relatively high antioxidant capacity of fruit and vegetables: blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli.
Risk of Alzheimer's disease is lower among people intellectually active. People who tend to read and perform activities that stimulate the intellect, or learning about better maintain their position mneyica and a longer time.
People who have suffered a craniocerebral trauma with loss of consciousness famous for at least an hour, are at double risk of doing an Alzheimer's moment.
Smoking is another risk factor for memory disorders that occur with age. Smokers are exposed to a double risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Studies on moderate wine drinkers have indicated to them a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, compared with the great drinkers and abstainers.
It was found that maintaining interpersonal contacts and involvement in activities useful for anticipating a beautiful old age.