Alzheimer’s & Dementia Are Most People’s Greatest Health Fears

Must-read new research study about Alzheimer’s Disease

Cindy Heath
In Fitness And In Health

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Photo of the author with two trays of freshly dug red and gold potatoes.
The author’s photo of herself with freshly harvested potatoes

Once we hit forty, ordinary forgetfulness, such as misplacing the car keys, can cause us to wonder, “What if I’m losing my memory?” I’m 70, and yes, I worry about dementia. Plus, I love my five siblings, all of whom are fifty-nine and older. So far, so good—as far as we know.

My goal is to have a healthy lifespan, not just a long life.

Whether you worry about yourself or older relatives, the fear of losing your memory and ability to think clearly frightens nearly everyone. In fact, professionals now label this fear dementia worry or DW.

Alzheimer’s disease became very personal when my dear son-in-law’s father was diagnosed a couple of years ago. It was shocking how fast his dad declined. Now, the expected happy years for his parents are not going to happen. His mother has become a caregiver.

However, it prompted my son-in-law to do serious research into genetic predisposition and the possible link between high blood cholesterol and Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. He switched to a plant-based diet, upped his exercise, and dropped his cholesterol levels significantly in one year.

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Cindy Heath
In Fitness And In Health

I’ve been a farmer, entrepreneur, writer, and more. I'm passionate about nutrition, health, nature, and the rewards of personal writing.