“Scientists are not absolutely sure what causes Alzheimer’s but plaques and tangles are prime suspects in cell death and tissue loss in the Alzheimer’s brain.” However, there are contributing factors that could cause it. 1 – diet, 2 – certain medications, 3 – poor sleep, 4 – excessive alcohol consumption, 5 – lack of physical activity, 6 – lack of mental activity. What can we do? 1 – Eat a heart-healthy diet, what is good for the heart is good for the brain. 2 – Understand the side effects of any medications you may take. Benadryl has been linked to dementia. Other medications that have a strong link to dementia, Benzodiazepines, Non-benzodiazepine prescription sedatives, Anticholinergics this is most over-the-counter sleeping aids, Antipsychotics, and mood-stabilizers. 3 – Always get plenty of restful sleep. 4 – Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. 5 – Stay active. 6 – Challenge your brain to try new things get out of the rut.