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There's no sure way to prevent Alzheimer's disease, and science is far from bringing us a cure. But there are ways to keep our brains as healthy as possible -- and some new inklings from science about common drugs that may cut our risk.
One of the best things to do is simply keep exercising your brain, according to Dr. Gary Small, whose new book on staving off memory loss, "The Memory Bible," comes out this month. The director of the UCLA Center on Aging, Small is also on the forefront of efforts to discover Alzheimer's disease at its earliest stages and wants to give people tools for boosting their brain functioning before it is lost to aging or disease.
"We have a lot of new information about memory and a lot of ideas now about what we can do to protect our brains and keep them healthy," Small said. "It gives people a sense of empowerment if you improve their memory abilities, and it decreases their anxiety," about becoming mentally incapacitated.
For starters, studies have shown that people with a college education are less likely to get Alzheimer's than people who only went to high school. And researchers have also found that people who were intellectually active in their 40s and 50s had a risk for Alzheimer's disease three times lower than those who had not been mentally engaged.
Puzzles and brain-teasers are one good way to keep our neurons in shape. Small also suggests people simply become more active observers of the world around them, and try and create mental "snapshots," or vivid images, of things they want to remember