Ashkenazi Jews and Alzheimers.

I have a National Geographic article at home about Genetics.    According to the article, Ashkenazi Jews have the lowest rate of Alzheimers in the world.  The article gave an example of an almost 90 year old man, still working in Finance and a 105 year old woman in California, who was still sharp as a tack.

After I read this, I made it a point to try and expand my mind as much as possible all the time.  My rent paying job does that to a degree, as does my writing.  I am always looking for ways to exercise my mind.

Ashkenazi Jews should take advantage of this.  The Lower East Side in Manhattan had places, such as the Henry Street Settlement House and you have Adult Education Courses all over.  We should (not just Ashkenazi) take advantage of it.  Everyone should work to expand, but if Ashkenazi have the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s, something is obviously going right!  🙂


About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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9 Responses to Ashkenazi Jews and Alzheimers.

  1. ellisnelson says:

    I had a DNA genetics test for my maternal ancestors and found out that 40,000+ years ago, my ancestors came from the area of the Ashkenazi Jews. Hope this genetic protection still applies!

    • tucsonmike says:

      I hope so too! 🙂 Which service did you use for the testing?

      • ellisnelson says:

        This was a while ago when National Geographic and Spencer Wells (?) was doing his research.

      • tucsonmike says:

        What did you think of it, and what else did you find out when it was traced?

      • ellisnelson says:

        I found out the route my mother’s ancestors took to leave Africa and move north into Europe. So it covered the beginning of mankind up to about 40,000 years ago. My maternal descendants are northern Europeans ending up in Lapland. Then the trail goes dead. That’s as far as National Geographic had gone at the time. So it doesn’t give you “nationality” in the way we think about it and really, isn’t it more the last 500 years we’re all interested in?

      • tucsonmike says:

        Most of us are looking back from us to say five hundred years ago, that is true. So Lapland, eh? Do you like cold weather? 🙂

      • ellisnelson says:

        Not really and can’t imagine reindeer herding! But then, those people did have a religion of shamans so maybe that’s my tie.

      • tucsonmike says:

        I get it about the shamans. 🙂

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