I think each of us grapple with our own mortality when our parents start to struggle with their health. And when the disease has a genetic component to it one of the greatest fears that niggle at the back of your mind is ‘will it happen to me?’
That is a big ‘niggle’ when the disease in question is Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The good news is that there are lots of steps we can take to lower our risk of getting dementia. One of the most effective is to continue to engage our brain in novel and challenging activities. This can range from learning a new language or a new musical instrument, completing logic puzzles or taking talents to a new level.
Dr. Paul Nussbaum is one of my favourite people to talk about on this subject and in this interview we talk about steps each person can take to reduce their risk of developing dementia.