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Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia – a disease that results in memory loss and changes in thinking and behavior that gradually begin to interfere with daily life. It’s a devastating disease that has a traumatic effect on the person diagnosed and their loved ones, but science says there are things everyone can do to reduce their risk. These lifestyle habits can help prevent its onset and can also slow its progression if someone is showing symptoms:

Exercise – 30 minutes of aerobic exercise four days per week. Find something you enjoy doing so you’re more likely to stick to it. Make sure that whatever you choose is vigorous enough to raise your heart rate (check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine).

Mediterranean Diet – this OMC-recommended diet is high in veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats like fish and olive oil. Aiming to eat healthy food 80% of the week allows for some indulgence.

Sleep – getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night can help prevent Alzheimer’s by helping to clear disease-causing plaques from the brain.

There is also some evidence that suggests learning new things and maintaining social connection can also help.

The best part is, all of these healthy habits serve to protect us from other chronic diseases as well, so there’s nothing to lose by adopting them. We can’t take our health for granted – what small change will you make today? Tell us in the comments!