In this TED Talks video from 2012, Alanna Shaikh talks about her father’s Alzheimer’s disease and the prevalence of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
She explains that the rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will continue to rise, and are expected to double by 2030 as people live longer.
Shaikh thinks that most people have one of two ways of looking at Alzheimer’s: they either don’t think about it because they don’t think they’ll get it, or they actively do everything they can to avoid getting it. She, however, has decided to look at it a third way: she is preparing for the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Based on what she has learned looking after her father, Shaikh has identified three areas in which she is changing her life in preparation for Alzheimer’s. She’s changing what she does for fun, building her physical strength and trying to become a better person. Watch the video to find out why.
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