We can’t help but ask ourselves this question. It’s part of our journey to analyze the way our parents brought us up (or left us) and the impact of genetics on our lives. My mom died in 2014. She was diagnosed with dementia, a mild case of Alzheimer’s and used an inhaler when her smoke-filled lungs wouldn’t let her cross the room. I miss her so much. I’ve apologized for so many things since she’s left, and have cried many a time when I couldn’t pick up the phone to hear her voice.
I certainly wondered if dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease were hereditary. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, most experts believe that the majority of Alzheimer’s disease occurs as a result of complex interactions among genes and other risk factors. Age, family history and heredity are all risk factors we can’t change. But please ladies, remain hopeful!
Research is beginning to reveal clues about other risk factors we may be able to influence through general lifestyle and wellness choices and effective management of other health conditions. This short video will give you a free, 3-minute exercise to dramatically lower your risk. He’s not an actor so be patient OK?
Some of the strongest evidence links brain health to heart health. This connection makes sense, because the brain is nourished by one of the body’s richest networks of blood vessels, and the heart is responsible for pumping blood through these blood vessels to the brain. Conditions that damage the heart and blood vessels, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are high risk factors for Alzheimer’s and dementia.
There are wellness choices you can make to influence the genetic, family history and age risk factors. Please read my article Exercise Your Mental Health for wellness choices and…