By Kenneth S. Kosik
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An easy-to-follow, research-based guide to the simple, low-cost choices that give the reader the power to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and dementia; slow the progression of the disease; and mitigate symptoms and improve well-being. Did you know that eating grilled meat could increase your risk of being struck down by dementia? Or that getting on the treadmill can help keep your brain sharp? The dozens of choices you make over the course of any average day — ordering the curry vs. the samosas, reading the newspaper vs. watching the news — really can determine whether you'll develop Alzheimer's years from now as well as how quickly the disease will progress. The US government pours an annual $480 million into Alzheimer's research, but effective medical treatments remain elusive. The good news is that you have the power to outsmart this terrifying disease. Based on the latest scientific research, Outsmarting Alzheimer's gives you more than 75 simple lifestyle prescriptions in the six key areas with the most scientific evidence for protecting your brain health: S=Social Smarts M=Meal Smarts A=Aerobic Smarts R=Resilience to Stress Smarts T=Train Your Brain Smarts S=Sleep Smarts These easy, low-cost, and fun brain-boosting activities include: throwing dinner parties; playing video games; snuggling with someone you care about; and dancing. By sharpening your Brain SMARTS with these quick tips, you can boost your mental edge and prevent or slow memory loss, cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's. Plus, Outsmarting Alzheimer's features: *a personalized 3-week plan to help you put these prescriptions into action *almost 40 easy and delicious brain-boosting recipes *50 interactive brain-training games *a simple and effective 7-minute workout *special sections for caregivers to help them help their loved ones put the plan into effect If you have a family history of Alzheimer's disease, Outsmarting Alzheimer's can help you delay and even stop this debilitating disease years before it develops. If you've noticed a few symptoms,Outsmarting Alzheimer's can help you determine whether they are related to normal aging or whether you should mention them to your doctor. If you do have mild cognitive impairment,Outsmarting Alzheimer's offers scores of simple strategies to slow the progression of the disease as much as possible. If you or a family member already have a dementia diagnosis,Outsmarting Alzheimer's offers effective strategies for managing symptoms, improving quality of life, and maintaining your current lifestyle for as long as possible. No matter where you are on the Alzheimer's spectrum,Outsmarting Alzheimer's can help you protect the health of your brain, and indeed, your total body.
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