Test Your Alzheimer’s Risk Profile

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To help you outline an individualized approach for your health, Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, Neurologist and author of “The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription” has designed the following 25-item questionnaire that analyzes your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The best way to approach the Alzheimer’s Risk Profile is to take a piece of paper, number it from 1 to 25, and record your answers (“T” or “F”).  At the end of the quiz you can compute your “Actual Brain Age” using the measurement keys outlined below.

True or False

  1. I get 7 to 8 hours (or more) of sleep each night.
  2. I eat at least 4 or more servings of fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants daily.
  3. I eat at least one serving of blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries daily.
  4. I eat baked or broiled non-farmed cold water fish once or twice a week.
  5. I eat at least one serving of cruciferous vegetables – cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach okra and kale each day.
  6. I eat Yogurt, Kefir or other probiotics 3 times a week.
  7. I eat a Mediterranean style diet (high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds and olive oil or coconut oil as the source of fat.
  8. I eat organically raised eggs as part of breakfast 3 times a week.
  9. I take fish oil supplements high in omega-3 fatty acids or flaxseed supplements at least 5 times per week.
  10. I take folic acid supplementation with my daily multivitamin.
  11. I drink red wine or grape juice at least 5 times a week.
  12. I exercise most days of the week for at least 30 minutes each time (total of three hours or more of strenuous exercise weekly).
  13. I read challenging books, do crossword puzzles or Sudoku, or engage in activities that require active learning, memorization, computation, analysis, and problem solving at least five times a week.
  14. My total cholesterol is less than 200.
  15. I have “longevity genes” in my family, with members who lived to 80 and older without memory loss.
  16. I am not obese (less than 20 pounds overweight for a woman; less than 30 pounds overweight for a man).
  17. I use olive oil and no trans-fat spreads or margarine.
  18. I have never smoked cigarettes.
  19. I have normal blood pressure.
  20. I do not have diabetes.
  21. I do not have a sleep disorder such as snoring or obstructive sleep apnea or untreated insomnia.
  22. Daily uncontrolled stress is not a problem for me.
  23. I have a strong support group and enjoy many activities with friends, colleagues, and family members.
  24. I have no problems with short- or long-term memory.
  25. I’m ready to prevent Alzheimer’s and am willing to do whatever it takes.
Count how many of the 25 statements have been marked as “True”.  Write down your score on a sheet of paper and use the following measurement keys to determine your “Real Brain Age” and your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

This is just a simple measure of tallying your score and applying the findings to your diet and lifestyle habits.

Follow Measurement Keys to determine your “Real Brain Age” and your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

This is just a simple measure of tallying your score and applying the findings to your diet and lifestyle habits.

Measurement Keys:

23 – 25 Congratulations! You are aging well. Subtract 15 years from your chronological age for your Real Brain Age.
You are in great health with a youthful, productive mind! By following the “Alzheimer’s Prevention” strategies listed in our website, you can make your body, mind and spirit even healthier. Unless things change in your life, your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is low.

20 – 22 Not bad! Subtract 10 years from your chronological age for your Real Brain Age.
You are doing a lot to take care of your physical and mental health. Check the specific questions that you marked as False – and pay attention to changes you may need to make. By Following the “Alzheimer’s Prevention” strategies listed in our website, you can make your body, mind and spirit even healthier.

15 – 19 OK. Your Real Brain Age is the same as your chronological age.
That said, you have a mild risk of Alzheimer’s disease, so pay attention. Carefully review steps to determine changes that need to be made with your diet, exercise, mental stimulation or rest and relaxation.  Follow the UCLA Brain Boosting Guidelines outlined in our website to minimize your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

12 – 14  You have a moderate risk of Alzheimer ’s disease. Add 5 years to your chronological age for your Real Brain Age.
While there is not a great disparity between your Real Brain Age and your chronologic age, you need to seriously understand your risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease. It is important that you review the quiz  and talk to your doctor about your risk factors and treatment recommendations. In addition, follow the UCLA Brain Boosting Guidelines outlined in our  website or read the book “The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription” and flag those pages that may help to decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

0 – 11 You have a high risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Add 10 years to your chronological age for your Real Brain Age.