Quit smoking. This is the first thing you can do. It’s simple, if not easy. Smoking harms the blood vessels in the brain—not just in the heart and lungs. There are many methods to choose from to help you quit, from medication to support groups. Start with the American Lung Association to find resources.
Improve your diet. Eating a healthy diet contributes to the health of the whole body, and while diet plans differ, the general advice is the same: Eat meals rich in vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and healthy proteins and fats. As with the project of quitting smoking, the key to success here is to find what works for you. Remember that for an eating style to be effective, it must be sustainable. This is not the place for fad diets or extremely restrictive diets. Too much alcohol, too, can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s. Consider cutting down if this is a factor for you.
Exercise your brain. This one should be fun. Don’t force yourself to do crossword puzzles if they’re not up your alley. Anything that gives your mind a workout is beneficial. Do you like reading novels? How about trying your hand at writing one? If you like listening to music, consider taking up an instrument. You don’t have to join an orchestra to get a lot of joy out of making your own music. Adopt passive therapies like 40Hz lights to rejuvenate healthy brain function. I think of this as a vitamin for your brain.
Exercise your body. Like a healthy diet, this one has innumerable health benefits besides its role in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. Start easy and build up your tolerance gradually. Make at least part of your exercise routine aerobic (increasing your heartbeat). Above all, remember that if you can find an exercise you enjoy, you’re much more likely to stick with it.
There’s no guarantee that you can prevent yourself from developing Alzheimer’s. Instead, it’s best to think in terms of combating risks and working toward prevention. You will find that the same measures you take to reduce your risks of Alzheimer’s will bring many benefits to your physical, mental, and even emotional health.