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Keep Your Brain Healthy, Lower the Risk of Alzheimer’s

Exercise is No. 1, this researcher says. His No. 2 tip will surprise you.

By Emily Gurnon

More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, incurable condition that robs them of their memory and often changes their very personality.

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Dr. Rudy Tanzi

A new documentary airing on PBS at 10 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 25 examines the disease and what will be needed to confront it.

Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, produced by Twin Cities PBS (the parent of Next Avenue), features interviews with doctors, researchers and caregivers. The focus is on the urgent need for more research, especially as the large boomer generation ages.

One of those interviewed is Dr. Rudolph Tanzi of Harvard Medical School, a longtime Alzheimer’s researcher.


The video below consists of special footage that does not appear in the documentary. Its creators have provided Next Avenue with this exclusive clip. Watch as Tanzi shares his advice to encourage brain health — and possibly decrease your risk of Alzheimer's. No. 2 on his list of top tips will surprise you.


Emily Gurnon
Emily Gurnon is the former Senior Content Editor covering health and caregiving for Next Avenue. Her stories include a series of articles on guardianship abuse that was funded by the Journalists in Aging Fellows Program. She previously spent 20 years as an award-winning newspaper reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area and St. Paul. Reach her through her website. Read More
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