Innovative Approaches to Research on Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention: Designing and Implementing Large-Scale Studies

Last week, the IOA welcomed Dr. Fran Grodstein, ScD, Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, to discuss “Innovative Approaches to Research on Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention: Designing and Implementing Large-Scale Studies.”

Dr. Grodstein’s primary research focus is on healthy aging in women. Her team has recently been exploring the topic of research methods and how researchers can conduct much larger studies than in the past. Using simpler methods such as telephone screenings and computerized testing they suspect that participation will be much more convenient and appealing–resulting in larger sample sizes.

In the past, much of Dr. Grodstein’s research has been on how people can modify lifestyle to stay healthy. She has looked at specific ways to maintain memory, avoid major diseases, live longer, and avoid mental health issues such as depression. Some findings show that the following factors play a major role in living longer, healthier lives:

  • Diet: An increase in fruits and vegetables, with berries being particularly important for brain health
  • Exercise: Simply walking to stay active seems to be adequate
  • Moderate Alcohol Intake: One serving of any alcohol per day seems to work just as well as red wine
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

Learn more about Dr. Grodstein’s research here:

For Dr. Grodstein’s full lecture, click here.

 

 

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