We need a new word in the English language. A word to describe what it felt like when you got the COVID vaccine.
If you’ve gotten the vaccine, you know what I’m talking about. The feeling of being vaccinated is so powerful, it’s hard to find words for it.
To have a horrible, deadly disease out there and know you’re protected from it, it’s a blessing.
To have this horrible, deadly disease out there and know you’re protected from it, it’s a blessing.
But because I work in brain health, and the prevention of dementia, I can’t help think of another horrible, deadly disease that we all worry about. Alzheimer’s.
Will the day come when we have that kind of protection against dementia? It will. But it won’t be like thisAnd I think it’s really important to understand how it will be different, and why.
Hi, I’m Tony Dearing, of GoCogno.com, the website for people with mild cognitive impairment, and author of the book, “I Want My Mind Back: The Go Cogno Approach to Halt or Reverse MCI.”
If you have mild cognitive impairment, you are at higher risk for dementia. So naturally, people with MCI are extremely interested in Alzheimer’s research. We all hope a cure is coming. And it is. But not necessarily the cure you hoping for. So let’s be realistic about what that’s actually going to look like.
In most people’s minds, they’re looking for that silver bullet, that all-in-one-shot cure.
In most people’s minds, they’re looking for that silver bullet, that all-in-one-shot cure. Like the Salk vaccine for polio, or the COVID vaccines that we’re all getting now.
But that’s not how it’s going to be. Breakthroughs are coming. In the next three, four, five years, I think.
But almost all Alzheimer’s researchers agree, it’s not going to be one drug.
In other words, it’s not going to be like COVID. It’s going to be like AIDS.
There was a time in this country, when AIDS was dreaded the way Alzheimer’s still is today. But the scourge of AIDS is over.
Not because we’ve cured it. But because we’ve learned how to treat it and manage it, with a combination of medications and healthy lifestyle habits.
Most likely, that’s what we’re going to see with Alzheimer’s.
I hope this motivates you to commit to a brain healthy lifestyle — for now, and for whatever the future holds.
So these things you’ve been encouraged to do to defend your cognition — exercise, diet, restorative sleep, stress reduction, brain training, blood pressure management — they will be an essential part of the eventual treatment for it. That’s why you want to commit to the now. If and when medical treatments come, you’ll be already so far ahead of the game.
I hope you find hope in that. And even more, I hope you it gives you a shot in the arm, so to speak. I hope it motivates you to committing yourself to a brain healthy lifestyle for now, and for whatever the future holds.
Thanks for joining me today. I’ll see you again next week. Until then, as always, be kind to your mind.