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! 🙂