Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease – Personal Responsibility


Yoram Barak
Psychogeriatric Department, Abarbanel Mental Health Center, Israel

Series: Neurodegenerative Diseases – Laboratory and Clinical Research
BISAC: HEA039140

The prevention of dementia, and particularly of Alzheimer’s disease, is a major challenge for researchers and clinicians. In this book, the mixture of evidence, observations and hypotheses in the current literature is categorized into avenues for possible preventive interventions, as suggested by the NIH State-of-the-Science Conference. The main categories are: antihypertensive medications, nutrition, cognitive engagement, volunteering and physical activity.

There is, as yet, no conclusive evidence, but each category may hold promise for the prevention of dementia. The robust findings are as follows: cognitive engagement and regular physical activity may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease; the Mediterranean diet and consumption of omega-3 fatty acids deserves further elucidation; and the meticulous management of risk factors, and especially hypertension, is the infrastructure of Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Combating loneliness and volunteering both contribute to reducing the risk of dementia. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Part I – General Background

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Am I at Risk? The Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

Chapter 3. Keeping the Disease at Bay: Preventive Strategies

Part II – Specific Strategies

Chapter 4. Hypertension

Chapter 5. Medicines: What Are They Good For?

Chapter 6. Brain Food: Nutrition

Chapter 7. Body Upkeep: Physical Exercise

Chapter 8. Employing our Brain: Cognitive Engagement

Chapter 9. Human Contact: Social Networks

Epilogue – Hope at Last!


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