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Alzheimer's Disease

  • By: Nancy B. Emerson Lombardo
  • In: Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
  • Edited by: James M. Rippe
  • Subject:Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology

This entry (a) describes the evolving definition of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and its prevalence; (b) summarizes evidence for nutrition, physical exercise, and other healthy lifestyle interventions that may delay onset, prevent occurrence, or slow the progression of AD and other dementias and maintain the emotional and physical health of both the person with dementia and his or her care partners; (c) identifies key lifestyle strategies for preserving brain health—both cognitive and emotional—and how they may be related to body health strategies; and (d) highlights some clinical trial results and introduces a groundbreaking multidomain study under way in Finland and the body of evidence leading to this seminal trial.

Readers may take away confirmation of the importance of some of the things they are already doing and ...

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