3. Alcohol Use
The amount a person drinks consistently may play a role in how likely it is to develop Alzheimer’s. Repeated binge drinking irreversibly damages brain cells, damaged blood vessels, increases the risk of heart attack, and can lead to “alcohol-related brain damage” (ARBD). ARBD has been linked to the development of Korsakoff’s syndrome and Alcoholic dementia, in addition to early development of Alzheimer’s disease. Heavy drinking can also cause many people to fall or get into unnecessary fights which can lead to the person receiving trauma to the head. As noted earlier, brain trauma is another predictor of Alzheimer’s.
4. Loneliness and Isolation
Staying in touch with the rest of the world is one way to prevent being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Studies show that people who describe themselves as having feelings of loneliness are 1.63 times more likely to get Alzheimer’s than people who stay connected. It is important to note that not having a partner and living by yourself is not the same as feeling lonely. It is the perception of loneliness that can lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Keeping a well-kept social network can help prevent this as well as increase overall enjoyment of life during later years.
5. Low EducationRelated: How to Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk
Lower levels of formal education can be correlated with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that higher education was associated with lower age-related issues in older adults. Higher education may provide resilience against the deterioration of the brain because the individual is more likely to participate in life experiences that engage the brain. However, if you are not college educated don’t fret; keeping your brain occupied with intellectually stimulating activities such as crosswords or Sudoku can be a good way of keeping your mind active.