This is a story about an old couple, one of them has Alzheimer, and the other one has to go through some ups and downs that comes with his wife’s illness.
Alzheimer is an intriguing topic, and I think the inner me has a fear that it might happen to someone close to me. So I googled and came across this article: http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2007/07/23/build-your-cognitive-reserve-yaakov-stern/
Here are some key take-aways to share:
– Lifetime experiences, like education, engaging occupation, and leisure activities, have been shown to have a major influence on how we age, specifically on whether we will develop Alzheimer’s symptoms or not.
– This is so because stimulating activities, ideally combining physical exercise, learning and social interaction, help us build a Cognitive Reserve to protect us.
– The earlier we start building our Reserve, the better; but it is never too late to start. And, the more activities, the better: the effect is cumulative.
Yup, so now at least I can do something to reduce my own risks.