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  • At the moment, treatments for Alzheimer's are extremely unsatisfactory, but I think

  • we know a fair amount about prevention of Alzheimer's disease. For example, it begins

  • as an inflammatory process in the brain so anything that reduces inflammation is protective

  • and that is why taking ibuprofen everyday reduces risk of Alzheimer's for example. That

  • is one strategy as an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle. We also know that education

  • is preventive against Alzheimer's disease and dementia and the reason for that seems

  • to be that education increases what is called neuro redundancy which is duplicative connections

  • between nerve cells in the brain. So the more connections you've got the more you can afford

  • to lose before a problem shows up. Are there particular types of education that stimulate

  • that? I think there are and one I'm sure of is changing your computer operating system

  • and if you can relate to that particular kind of frustration that comes for a few days when

  • you've done that and you want everything back the same, you want to put your brain in that

  • state frequently, that is when neurons are growing new connections. A way to do that

  • in an ongoing basis is to learn another language. There is very interesting evidence that people

  • who speak more than one language have better brain function generally and better protection

  • against dementia. The good news is you do not have to master the language; it's just

  • the attempt to learn it. It's like running different software through the brain and that's

  • a good thing to do. So I think there are a lot of strategies of that sort out there that

  • I think can reduce the chance that you will end up with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

At the moment, treatments for Alzheimer's are extremely unsatisfactory, but I think

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