ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – SCARY STUFF

A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association says there are more than 5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease today. That is a substantial increase, from the estimated 4.5 million people with Alzheimers in 2002. (see http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=65701).
Researchers estimate that number will climb to 14 million people by 2050, unless a cure or preventive measure can be found. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/brain/alzheimers/alz.about.htm

As age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, the United States will see a surge in those needing Alzheimer care from the baby boomers generation. The first baby-boomers, now in their 60’s, are nearing the age of greatest risk.

Recent studies show African-Americans may be at greater risk for the disease, and by the year 2030, the number of African-Americans 65 or older is expected to more than double to 6.9 million.
(see http://www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_african_americans.asp)

So what can be done? While there isn’t a cure, or medication that can prevent disease progression, recent studies show certain preventative measures may be effective. Three minutes on the internet and I read articles that state the following may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease:
Drink Fruit Juice
Eat Blackcurrants
Do mental exercises (cross-word puzzles, etc)
Cardio-vascular activities
Eat Fish
Take Cholesterol Medication
Take Vitamin D
Eat foods high in folic acids

Please note, I have no idea if these work, but I for once, am paying attention.

Lauren Ellerman

Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.