Stress & Dementia. 5 Ways To Prevent It!

Linking stress and dementia: A landmark study published recently in Nature by the University of Gothenburg found evidence suggesting that long-term stress  causes dementia. Here are five wellness steps you can take daily to prevent yourself from getting Alzheimer’s, the dreadful commonest cause of dementia. How much influence do you have when it comes to safeguarding yourself and others from this terrible condition?


A Study Linking Alzheimer’s To Stress

The study  suggests the trigger for Alzheimer’s disease can be transmitted to humans through contaminated surgical tools.
This 38-year study adds to other existing studies which have also linked stress to dementia.
The author of the study, Lena Johansson of the University of Gothenburg said “personality may influence the individual’s risk for dementia through its effects on behaviour, lifestyle or reactions to stress”.
Again, lifestyle is an important factor as stated in previous posts here.


Study Method

800 women aged 46 on average were studied for a period of 38 years and tracked with personality and memory tests.Their stress levels, ability to combat stress, shyness as well as whether they were outgoing or not were tested.
Study Result 
The study found that the women who scored highest for neuroticism were twice as likely to develop dementia as those who scored lowest.

19 % of these women developed dementia later.
Even more reasons to reduce your stress level. If confirmed, then we have even more reasons to do all we can to minimize every risk factor, including stress, which has also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
 Health Conditions Linked to Stress Levels
Through the mechanisms above, having stress can lead to these conditions:

1. Cancer
2. Depression
3. Skin conditions, including eczema
4. Asthma
5. Digestive system disorders including stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome
6. Heart diseases
7. Colds and flu
How  stressed are you?
We all have one issue or the other, at any point in time, that can potentially lead to stress if we allow it. I can’t be certain about what goes on in other people’s lives, true.
 However, coming from a large family, for me there’s always one “drama” or the other!  Dramas that can cause stress if not controlled.
How does neuroticism affect you?
Neuroticism is the  ability to be easily distressed and is associated with anger, envy,anxiety, guilt and depression.

How are  you managing  your stress level  to ensure that you are not being affected by it adversely, in your body and mind? 
cost of dementia in the UK
Well-being  Improvement Tactics To Eliminate & Reduce your  Stress Level
 • Identify Your Stressors –What are the things and situations that cause you undue and enormous stress? Who are those people who drive you up the wall, every time, without fail?
What are those things and situations, without which your stress level would be greatly reduced and much more manageable?
• Contemplate Your Choices – What choices have you got regarding these stressors and what can you do? We sometimes say we have no choices. But we always have choices – whether we choose to exercise these choices or not is entirely up to us!
• Prioritise – What is more important to you and what can you do without? Are the gains you get from these stressful situations and people (perceived and real gains) worth your health and well-being?
Is your life being enriched emotionally, spiritually, socially, physically as well as the financial gains?
Are the gains you get from these stressful situations and people – perceived and real gains – worth your health and well-being?
Is your life being enriched emotionally, spiritually, socially, physically as well as the financial gains?
Do you feel that your life is being enriched emotionally, spiritually, socially and physically? 
Or are the financial gains the only things you are getting from these stressful situations and persons?

'You are now entering a stress free zone' sign
• Bite The Bullet & Make Your Choice!  – Making choices do not come easy and life is full of choices. Sometimes, we have no choice – we must decide.

It may not be easy, but in the long-term will you be happier, healthier and have peace in your life?

• Bust Your Stress With Exercise. Doing the right exercises at a pace that suits you can help you to de-stress

You are not exercising just to slim down or to win a competition, but you incorporate it as a part of your healthy lifestyle. Keep at it till it’s a habit!
I like the “Never Grow Old Fitness Program” by Cody Sipe, PhD, an award-winning fitness professional, functional aging exercise expert and Dan M. Ritchie, PhD (acclaimed personal trainer). Read more about this

This is a fitness program designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced users, aimed at people who want to go at their own pace to retain flexibility, optimise energy level and reduce stress levels.

Also, I found the program below by Carla Tara quite helpful. It focuses on using improved breathing techniques to reduce stress.

The Bottom Line
•Long-term stress can increase your likelihood of developing Alzheimer`s disease

•Dementia has multiple risk factors, some we can do nothing about, some preventable

•You can do something to lower your risk of developing dementia. One way is to adopt a healthier lifestyle to reduce your stress levels

•Eliminate stressors from your family and work life! Or reduce these stressors to a manageable level


It may be easier said than done, but the more we consciously reduce our stress levels, daily, the less stressed we get!

By and large, most of us know that being under long-term stress is bad for our well-being. It’s the management that we struggle with.

However, identifying the things and situations that cause us avoidable stress takes us to the next wellness step – learning to take simple daily steps to reduce, or eliminate these stressors altogether.

Have a great week and keep excessive stress at bay!

To your optimum health & well-being,

Cecilia Scheyerle, MPharm


Author: Authority Wellbeing

Authority Wellbeing is run by a mom who trained as a pharmacist & hygienist, now passionately working as a well-being coach. She believes that everyone can get and maintain their best health & well-being using simple healthy lifestyle steps. She believes you can feel better, look better, have abundant energy without starving yourself or health fads that don't work.

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