(If you're married, you may be protected; MCI is highest in men who were never wed.) No surefire ways to prevent Alzheimer's have been found, but a heart-healthy lifestyle may lower the risk.
As for facing a journey of dementia care, one silver lining is that more and more men are caregivers today. use their preventative moisturizer when 21 and continue it and rub briskly into face 2. don't worry about what others think of your young girlfriends 4.
" "Men fear retirement because it's how they define themselves and how they fill their time," says geriatrician Laurie Jacobs, director of the Jack and Pearl Resnick Gerontology Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. S., reaching retirement age tends to coincide with having your opinion solicited less and becoming more "invisible," she adds. Women have an easier time giving up work, psychiatrist Ken Robbins adds, because they more quickly fill its gap with friends and children.
Avoid being sidelined by staying involved, even if it means finding new ways to do so.
The prospect of impotence was scarier than cancer or death to readers of a men's magazine in a 2001 poll.
Perhaps there's a good medical reason for this: Otherwise healthy men who have erectile problems have been shown to have abnormal coronary tissue, higher incidence of high blood pressure, high blood fat, and other markers of heart disease. Three-fourths of men with erectile dysfunction (ED) have abnormal cholesterol.
Start (or keep up) resistance training and a healthy diet.
"Two-thirds of men who've had heart attacks had ED that predated angina by at least three years," says urologist John Mulhall, director of the Sexual Medicine Program and the Sexual Medicine Research Laboratory at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City.
It's said that knowledge is power -- but for men, so is physical power itself.
More women, on the other hand, actually develop Alzheimer's disease.
But that, too, is a scary prospect for their mates, thrust with little preparation into a caregiver role.