As the numbers of Baby Boomers accessing Medicare increases there is much interest in what can be done to reduce the risk of them developing Alzheimer’s Disease. The book Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives by Dr. David Snowdon is an easy and engaging read on Alzheimer’s research.
For years, Dr. Snowdon studied the lives of the Sisters of Notre Dam and looked at their entire lives, from childhood, through their final years.
Dr. Snowdon shares his groundbreaking research on what lifestyle choices decrease a persons risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease. The most important lifestyle style that decreases risk is being a lifelong learner. People who continued to learn about topics that interest them (from music, to reading, to languages) had a lower risk factor of developing Alzheimer’s disease.