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Tips for baby boomers on aging during World Alzheimer’s Month and Healthy Aging Month

Last week, I wrote about death and disability rates for diseases over two decades.

Biking-5_FinalIn my article, I included a fascinating chart, which I was finally able to figure out. Blue arrows went down for the diseases and injuries that decreased between 1990 and 2010, including HIV/AIDS.

Then, red arrows went up for diseases and injuries that increased during the same period. Alzheimer’s disease went from 33rd in the listing to 11th.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month.

Baby boomers don’t like to talk about Alzheimer’s or even think about it.

More than 35 million people worldwide live with dementia today, according to the CNN article “Overwhelming Burden, Cost of Alzheimer’s to Triple, Report Says.” By 2050, that number is expected to more than triple to 115 million. The majority require constant care.

Tips for maintaining your brain health from the Alzheimer’s Association are:

  • Stay physically active.
  • Adopt a brain-healthy diet, which includes dark vegetables and fruits that contain antioxidants.
  • Remain socially active.
  • Stay mentally active.

September also is Healthy Aging Month.

A list from Webmed.com on healthy aging has the same tips offered above and these additional ones:

  • Bulk up. Eat beans and other high-fiber foods for digestive and heart health.
  • Add spices and herbs to your meals if medications dull your taste buds.
  • Sleep well.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Use aids for your memory such as making lists, following routings, slowing down, and organizing.

Good luck to us all. Five people that I know have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a real concern for baby boomers as they get older.

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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