Averting Alzheimer’s through exercise, clean air and an active social calendar

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and scientists at USC are researching measures that might reduce the risk of developing the disease. Experts are examining the role of fine particle pollution, the positive impact of healthy lifestyle choices and testing drugs to prevent disease in at-risk individuals who aren’t 

“We do not yet know how to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease, although we know that genetics, lifestyle, and environmental exposures all contribute,” said Margaret Gatz, an expert on aging and Alzheimer’s disease and professor of psychology, gerontology and preventive medicine at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “Nonetheless, there are things that can be done to reduce people’s risk – regular physical exercise, controlling blood pressure and diabetes, and keeping one’s brain active and engaged.”

Read the full article from the University of Southern California News.

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