What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's | Lisa Genova

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Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer's-resistant brain.

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1. Sleep well.
2. Exercise well.
3. Eat well.
4. No unhealthy habits like smoking
5. Learn new things to create more meaningful neuronal connections for neuroplasticity, as a form of mental exercise.

Author — mbatheleupta


My Father had Alzeimers Disease. He didn't suffer.
My Mother who was the caregiver suffered.

Author — Meher


So in other words: Never Stop Learning

Author — Crowe


Good talk. I think she forgot to mention STRESS.

Author — GoNuts!


Learn new things is the best advice. Learn to play tennis, play piano or guitar, learn a foreign language, a new alphabet, learn maths, learn to program a computer, learn to paint, to knit, to crochet.
Learn about NASA activities. Learn what satellites do what.
Learn about stars, constellations, the map of the sky. You can see it on your computer.

All this learning is very helpful. You will never regret learning a new skill.

Author — Mônica Miranda


immediately after watching the video, I turned off youtube & slept...

Author — Harsha Koyilada


Sleep deprivation causes Alzheimer’s disease

Me: looks at the time and it’s 3:am

Author — Josh Is Awesome


The sure way to prevent Alzheimer's: Die before you get it.

Author — beenbeen


How about cutting out simple carbs and so called vegetables oils (canola, soybean, corn, safflower oil et cetera.)

Author — Green Deane


"I think we all have the hopeful expectation to live into old age"
Nope. Nope. Nope. Depends on what you define as old age of course, but I'm happy if I make it to 60. If I'm still healthy and can take care of myself and my house, maybe older, but I'm not going to take medicine to prolong my life and I'm not scared of death.
I'm scared of how I'm going to die, but not of being dead or cease to exist, and be forgotten.

Author — Flaggkatten


Again, another professional putting accountability on the individual. I agree to some extent, but let's also focus on what's imposed on us...fluoride, aluminium, pesticides, genetically modified foods, hormones and antibiotics in meat and milk products. The list goes on. At what point will government make policies to control corporations killing us to make a profit? As long as government is paid to look away...hmmm

Author — Brini Brini


Doctor, I've got amnesia. Doctor: "when did this start? " Patient: "When did what start? "

Author — Leonard Gibney


Nutrition and way of eating can also be helpful. Eat less often, get enough omega 3 fats, stop eating sugar and grains that trigger insulin. Alzheimer's has been called diabetes 3 in some studies that suggest the brain is intact, but it can't get the energy into the cells, so very similar to diabetes, but specific to the brain.

Intermittent fasting helps with insulin resistance, and also helps the body to heal on a cellular level.

Google it, and form some new neurons;-)

And, Lisa, thanks for a very good talk! And a good story for a film I loved!

Author — Pia Nyström


Who else panicked when you couldn't remember what she said in the beginning?

Author — Trendy


Thank you for this TED talk but I'm disappointed that there was no mention of all the research into dance and music and the positive effects on prevention and also treatment. When talking about the nuns, did you consider that they sing everyday? I understand that it is a huge topic but I would like to see the research into dance and music taken into account by academics in other fields. :)

Author — Natalie Danza


Don't be hating on crossword puzzles! I've learned lots of new words and weird ways of pun-based thinking from doing the Saturday NYTimes ones in ink!

Author — Luann Nelson


you use it or lose it when it comes to synapses; it's super misguided to think of retirement as a vacation

Author — MonkeyKong


Say no to drugs, what can we do naturally to prevent this, drugs have side effects and long term drugs, well...

Author — Caleb Douglas


Someone told me that if I smoke pot I will loose my memory, but I forget who.

Author — Trigger Troll


How can this be titled as it is & not include coconut oil & tumeric?

Author — Nicki nurse