How I’m Mitigating My Chances of Getting Alzheimer’s Disease

What I Learned from My Mom’s Neuropsychologist

Mark Struczewski


My Mom and me, December 2020

My Mom is the best in the world and is now a 3-year-old trapped in a 74-year-old body.

It’s because of her and my Dad that I’m here writing these words.

My Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in early 2018 but started showing signs of the illness in 2017.

Mom’s mother died from Alzheimer’s in June 2014.

If you aren’t aware, Alzheimer’s “is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.” (Alzheimer’s Association)

To say I miss my pre-Alzheimer Mom terribly would be the understatement of the decade.

Shortly after Mom’s diagnosis, I had the opportunity to speak with her neuropsychologist.

I can still recall the conversation as if it happened yesterday. I asked him, “Is there anything I can do to mitigate my chances of getting Alzheimer’s?

To which he replied, “While there are no guarantees, we’ve been telling people for years, diet and exercise, diet and exercise, diet and exercise.”

After this encouraging phone call, I did more research and continue to be a student of Alzheimer’s.

Here’s what I learned and what I’m doing as a result.

Please note: I am not a doctor or any other type of medically-trained person. I’m just reporting what I’ve learned. Please do your own research.

Exercise often

On August 29, 2017, I began my run-every-day streak after hurricane Harvey finished dumping 51" of rain on the Houston area. Check out my article, What I’ve Learned From Running Every Day Since August 29, 2017, for the full story.

And I’ve not stopped.

But you don’t have to run. Just elevate your heart rate; break into a sweat. If you’ve not done this in a while, please check with your doctor first.

Why this works: “It increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It aids the release of hormones, which provide an excellent environment for the…



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