There's no known cure and doctors still aren't completely sure what causes it, but there are some steps to help narrow your chances of developing the disease.
Wayne Babcock knows what Alzheimer's looks like. His mom is living with the disease. And those brown eyes may not be the only thing she's passed on to Wayne. There's a chance she's given him a gene that could eventually give him Alzheimer's.
"I worry about it but not to the point where I get upset. If it happens, it happens."
But one local expert says there are a few things that can up the odds of escaping the disease.
Delores Moyer, N.P., the founder of Harbor House Memory Care, says, "Keeping our minds active, things like crossword puzzles and word puzzles and word games."
Eating less fatty foods and more fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidants also help fight off the disease. Plus, exercise can pump up your chances of living Alzheimer's free.
"Exercise, not just the aerobic kind of exercise, but really any kind of active exercise."
Moyer owns this memory care facility and she says that relationship ties can help fight the disease.
"People that have strong relationships, that are active in their community, that have family members that they are involved with."
But there's no guarantee that these tips will save you from Alzheimer's. That's why Moyer recommends that everyone, regardless of age, organize financial needs and make funeral arrangements. Wayne Babcock agrees.
"I think you should have a living will."
But regardless of the preparations, Wayne hopes for a cure not for just his mom, but for future generations.
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