Earlier this month, we were delighted to attend the Alzheimer’s Association International Annual Conference held at the Convention Center in Los Angeles.
As always, this experience was incredibly insightful into new investigations and discoveries from around the world. The AAIC is the largest international meeting where investigators, clinicians and care providers gather to share their journeys and discoveries in advancing dementia science. Here are our key takeaway messages from the conference.
New research reported at this year’s AAIC suggests healthy lifestyle choices including healthy diet, exercise and cognitive simulation- may decrease risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Researchers also found lifestyle modifications may reduce risk even in the face of other risk factors, including genetics and pollution maximum memory benefit when combined.
Five research studies which were reported suggest:
- Adopting four or five healthy lifestyle factors reduce risk of Alzheimer’s dementia by 60% compared to adopting none or only one factor.
- Adherence to a healthy lifestyle may counteract genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
- Having a higher cognitive reserve, built through formal education and cognitive stimulation, may benefit the ageing brain by reducing risk of dementia among people exposed to high levels of air pollution
- Confirmation that early adult to mid-life smoking may be associated with cognitive impairment at mid-life, as early as one’s 40s
- Alcohol use disorder significantly increased risk of dementia in older women.
“While there is no proven cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s, a large body of research now strongly suggests that combining healthy habits promotes good brain health and reduces your risk of cognitive decline. The research reported today at AAIC gives us attainable, actionable recommendations that can help us all live a healthier life.”
– Maria C. Carrillo, PhD, Alzheimer’s Association Chief Science Officer.
Read more via the official AAIC 19 press release.
Pictured above: Alison Cranmer (Clinical Development Manager) and Kirsty Hendry (Neuropsychologist)
Global connections are made every year at AAIC. Research communities join together to share research discoveries that’ll lead to methods of prevention, treatments and improvements in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. We continue to pioneer with this incredible research giving us hope for the future of discovery or breakthrough. We look forward to attending next year’s AAIC which will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands next July.
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Posted 1st August 2019