Five Ways to Combat Alzheimer’s Disease
December 16, 2021
We’re continuing to fight Alzheimer’s, and recent advancements in testing and imaging allow us to better detect scars on the brain and protein changes that could point to signs of your memory changing. But, you may be wondering if there’s anything you can do to lower your risk altogether. While there is still no cure, there are steps you can take to get ahead of this and take care of yourself. Read on to learn more about our top five ways you can combat Alzheimer’s disease.
1. Don’t Be Afraid
The first and most important step is: don’t be afraid.
While Alzheimer’s is a chronic illness, it does not have to be the end of you living the life you love. Between medication options and our team providing the education and support you or your loved one needs, you are in good hands with us.
“You can still have control over your life and maintain independence,” says Grady memory expert Dr. Angela Ashley. “We’re here to help you find ways to cope and take the fear out of Alzheimer’s.”
2. Schedule Your Regular Checkups
Causes of memory loss vary and, many areas of our health impact them. Experts in our dedicated memory clinic like Dr. Antoine Trammell advise you to schedule checkups with your healthcare providers.
“An ideal approach involves a comprehensive view of tending to your health,” said Dr. Trammell. “Getting plugged into the healthcare system early and regularly is critical.”
3. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Maintaining an active lifestyle and balanced diet can also help decrease your risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Be sure to include healthy foods in your diet like green leafy vegetables and cut back on fried and fast food.
Physical activity can also help keep your thinking, reasoning, and learning skills in top shape by helping increase blood flow to the brain. Exercising several times a week for at least 30 minutes a day may delay the start of Alzheimer’s for people at risk of developing the disease.
4. Speak Up if You’re Unsure
It’s never too soon to talk to your primary care doctor if you are concerned about your memory, and the sooner you take that first step, the sooner we can take preventative measures to save it.
We use a robust testing method called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment to help diagnose memory issues and address any underlying cognition concerns. This assessment helps us determine the best and most effective way to move forward with your treatment.
5. Schedule an Appointment with Our Memory Clinic
We want to arm you with all the resources, education, and tools you and your family need to ease your worry and tackle this head-on. Talk to your primary care provider about your concerns and ask about a referral to Grady’s Memory Center.
Get the Care You Need
Ready to take the next step for a healthier life? Grady can help. If you need a primary care physician, give us a call at (404) 616-1000. We’ll arrange an appointment at a Primary Care Center near you. Doctors there can treat most conditions and provide access to Grady’s unparalleled medical specialty expertise.