Alzheimer's Disease is one of my most hated enemies. I watched as it slowly chipped away at my grandmother's life and sanity. It's one of those things that you don't really think about until it directly affects you. Thankfully, some intrepid doctors have found new ways to making life better for those who have just been diagnosed with the disease.
The new book is called "Alzheimer's Treatment, Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide." It's written by Richard S. Isaacson, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The book features tips on how to manage the disease and make it not as bad for family who suffer along with the afflicted during the course of Alzheimer's.
"As a physician and someone who has several family members with Alzheimer's, it's important I provide as many resources possible to help patients and their families manage this condition," said Dr. Isaacson. "After seeing success with my own patients, I wrote this book to educate those who I will not get a chance to see in my clinic and may not be aware of all their options."
Dr. Isaacson found that changes to one's diet can help offset the effects of the disease on the brain. There are many foods that are key to brain health and having a steady diet in things like fish can help fight off Alzheimer's and other brain-related diseases. He also found that certain vitamins help improve memory in patients with mild cognitive impairments.
Other tips from the book include listening to music and being engaged with musical experiences throughout your life. The uplifting spirit of music can slow down brain aging and memory loss while also releasing chemicals in the brain that affect mood, behavior and sleep.
While we still haven't found a cure for Alzheimer's, there are some simple tips in the book that will help those currently with the disease and those at risk. Heck, it's good to take care of your brain even when you're in no such danger.[Image Credit: Alzheimer's Association]