Books on preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are debilitating conditions that affect an ever-increasing number of people. Although research is still out on what exactly causes Alzheimer’s disease, there’s a number of books available that provide advice on how to reduce your chances of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. If you’re interested in the topic, also see our list of books on Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, Dealing with Mental Illness, or just find all books related to Alzheimer’s disease on Amazon.

1. 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss by Jean Carper

If the recommendations in this book can be reduced to one sentence, it might be: Eat Right and Exercise Regularly. Eat lots of deep color berries, like black raspberries, cranberries, plums and strawberries; they are full of antioxidants. Apple juice can boost the brain’s production of acetylcholine, just like the popular Alzheimer’s drug Aricept. Large doses of caffeine, like several hundred mg per day, may help clean up your brain if you are showing signs of mental problems (people react differently to high doses of caffeine, so be aware of the side effects). If you have cholesterol problems, get it under control, now. Cinnamon gives a boost to malfunctioning insulin, allowing it to process sugar normally. Weak insulin can lead to diabetes, and can damage your brain cells. Did you know that coffee helps block cholesterol’s bad effects on the brain, is anti-inflammatory and reduces the risk of depression, stroke and diabetes, which all promote dementia?

2. The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription: The Science-Proven Prevention Plan to Start at Any Age by Vincent Fortanasce

Dr. Vincent Fortanasce is a board-certified neurological rehabilitation specialist, trained in psychiatry at the Institute of Living, a Yale affiliate hospital, and is a bio-ethicist. He is also a clinical professor of neurology at the University of Southern California. Some of his patients have included Pope John Paul II and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda. Profits of The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription will be donated to the charity: The Fighting Alzheimer’s Fund. The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription is a must read for all of us, who are concerned about a healthy future without Alzheimer’s– whether it’s our own, our parents’ or our loved ones. This book provides practical information on how we can make deliberate changes and modifications in our diet and lifestyle for a healthy brain. In a very conversational style, this medical self-help book is a quick read, easy to understand and presents examples we can personally relate to.

3. The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach for Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment by Christopher N. Ochner

This groundbreaking book can benefit anyone concerned about memory loss but has been written especially for patients, caregivers, family members, and allied healthcare professionals. When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and memory loss in general, everyone can and should be using dietary strategies as part of a comprehensive prevention or treatment plan. For decades, the medical community has recommended dietary management as part of the therapeutic plan for many other chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Those at risk for and diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can begin adjusting their eating habits today and have a positive impact on their memory function for years to come.

4. Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory by Neal Barnard

It is widely known that good nutrition supports your health, but few realize that certain foods-power foods-can protect your brain and optimize its function, and even dramatically reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.