Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. An irreversible condition, Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, it eventually inhibits the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.
Alzheimer’s disease manifests itself physically as plaques and tangles in the brain. Another feature is the loss of connections between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain. Neurons transmit messages between different parts of the brain, and from the brain to muscles and organs in the body.
The best-known symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss but there are many other symptoms associated with the condition. Two of these are a change in social behaviors and an increase in anxiety. This aspect of the condition can cause great distress to both the person affected and their career.
Promising research shows that you can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias through a combination of simple but effective lifestyle changes.
Alzheimer’s is a complex disease with multiple risk factors. Some, like your age and genetics, are outside your control. However, there are six pillars for a brain-healthy lifestyle that are within your control.
The more you strengthen each of the six pillars in your daily life, the longer—and stronger—your brain will stay working and the more likely you’ll be able to reduce your risk of developing dementia.
Treating hearing loss can lower risk of Alzheimer’s
Multiple studies have found links between hearing loss, cognitive decline, and dementia. But something as simple as a hearing aid could have a huge influence on healthy brain function. Over 6 years, cognitive abilities (like memory and concentration) of people with hearing loss declined 30 – 40% faster than in people with normal hearing. Hearing loss is also linked to increased stress, depression, bad moods, and increased hospitalization and fall risks. That means untreated hearing loss is a much bigger problem than one may think. Three main theories for why hearing loss might increase the risk of cognitive decline and dementia include:
Glendora Hearing Aids
Acknowledge World Alzheimer’s Month with us Glendora Hearing Aids this September. If you suspect you have hearing loss, it’s never too early to get your hearing tested. Contact us to set up a hearing test so you can know for sure if a hearing loss is present and start preventing Alzheimer’s now.
Book an appointment with Dr. Kevin Ivory to start hearing better today.