Research on Alzheimer’s, Anxiety, and Amyloid Beta Levels 

One landmark study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital explores the connection between the buildup of amyloid beta in the brain and particular markers of depression. In subjects with higher amyloid beta levels, anxiety levels (a key symptom of depression) also increased over time. Though more research is needed, the conclusions of this important study indicated that there could be a correlation between anxiety and Alzheimer’s later in life.

Top Memory Care and Assisted Living Community in San Diego, California MesaView Senior Assisted Living is a family owned and operated independent and assisted living community in La Mesa, California. Our owners have firsthand experience with Alzheimer’s and dementia and know all that goes into making decisions around memory care for a loved one. 

We walk alongside families as they traverse the difficult road of Alzheimer’s and have been supporting the greater San Diego community for a decade. In addition to independent and assisted living care, we also provide accommodations for hospice care. At Mesa View Senior Assisted Living (and at our partner locations, Harbor View Senior Assisted Living and Bay View Assisted Living) we strive to provide compassionate, individualized care, preserving our residents’ dignity at every stage of their Alzheimer’s journey. 

Tackling Anxiety 

If Alzheimer’s disease has been linked to anxiety, it makes sense that we would want to tackle our anxiety problems before they lead to a whole host of other health issues. As anyone who has experienced it knows, dealing with anxiety is much easier said than done! 

As someone who suffers from generalized anxiety, I know firsthand just how debilitating anxiety can feel. From racing thoughts to sweaty palms to a quickening heartbeat (churning gut, shaky limbs, tingly scalp… the list goes on), it’s incredible just how big of an impact our minds have on our physical bodies. Anxiety can be so distracting that it affects work, relationships, parenting, and carrying out daily tasks. 

Manage Anxiety by Discovering Your Best Coping Strategies 

The good news is that as overwhelming as anxiety can feel, it’s a relatively common disorder and there are many pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical approaches to managing it. Working with a therapist can be extremely helpful in managing anxiety and in discovering what coping measures work best for you. It’s helpful to note that the most effective coping mechanisms can evolve over the course of our lives. 

Below are the top questions I ask myself when I feel I might be going into an anxiety spiral. Hopefully at least one of these questions will be helpful for you! 

  1. Are my basic needs met? I always take a moment to drink a glass of water and take a deep breath. I ask myself if I’m hungry or thirsty, cold or hot, or if something in my immediate physical environment is putting me slightly on edge. Sometimes I realize that I need to eat a nutritious snack or do the dishes to return to a state of equilibrium. 
  2. Is there a small task I could complete that would bring greater peace? Maybe you need to respond to a friend’s text, send off a quick work email, or return that Amazon package. Sometimes jotting down a quick to-do list helps get something off of my mind so I’m not worrying that I’ll forget it.  
  3. What resources and support are available to me now? Keep a running list of the coping strategies that are currently working for you! If you can, place that list in a visible place so you can refer to it if you start to feel anxiety creeping in. Some things on my list include putting in my Loop earbuds if there is a grating noise somewhere in my environment (eg: lawn mower, kids crying loudly), texting or calling a trusted family member or friend, and taking a walk outside or just taking a few deep breaths in the sunshine.