According to the National Alzheimer's Association, nearly 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's, and by the year 2050, there could be 16 million individuals suffering with the disease.
With September being World Alzheimer's Month, Healthy Women posted an article on its website exploring Alzheimer's, ways to reduce the risk of developing the disease and myths associated with the disease.
The article said memory supplements and doing crossword puzzles do not help individuals in preventing Alzheimer's.
Also, while hereditary may play a role in early-onset Alzheimer's, in late-onset cases, the most common form in which signs occur after age 65, hereditary does not play a strong role, the article said.
In order to prevent the disease, the article said physical exercise is highly important, as is a healthy diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables and fish and chicken. Also a glass of red wine regularly has been shown to help the brain stay healthy. Additionally, maintaining a low stress level, low blood pressure and maintaining a healthy cholesterol level can help.
The article said a a great way to keep the brain healthy is to remember the acronym SAVE: Slightly challenging tasks can stimulate brain activity; Absorbing tasks that you enjoy make you feel connected to those tasks; Varied activities; and Enlarging your pool of knowledge by teaching yourself new information.