The effects of Alzheimer’s can be devastating – in both the lives of those suffering from the disease, and the people around them.
Out of more than 100 different forms of dementia, Alzheimer’s is one of the most common. It accounts anywhere between 60 and 80 percent of Americans with dementia.
Alzheimer’s affects memory, cognition and mental ability and is largely determined by age, family history and genetics.
Certain medical conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, have also been shown to increase the risk of cognitive impairment.
More and more, medical research is showing signs of progress toward the prevention and slowing of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
In fact, scientists now believe that what you eat may help you maintain a more active and healthy brain as you get older.
Freedom Home Care searched and found that a number of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients that not only help increase brain health, they also help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and depression.
While this list is not exhaustive, these foods are known to have some of the highest levels of omega-3s.
- Flax Seeds
- Chia Seeds
It used to be that people were limited to waiting until researchers found a cure for Alzheimer’s, but information published from new studies is empowering dementia patients to take control of their lives and the disease that threatens their health.
Whether you’re receiving personalized elder care or other home care services, you can take an active approach in preventing Alzheimer’s and improving your brain health by following some additional tips.
- Reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s by almost 50 percent with regular physical exercise. According to the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, a moderate intensity workout 3-5 times a week keeps you fit and helps maintain brain health.
- It’s also beneficial in warding off Alzheimer’s by improving balance and coordination as any type of head trauma experienced as a result of a trip or fall, could put you at risk for the disease, as well.
- Connecting with family and friends also supports healthy brain function because it allows you to remain socially engaged.
- Mentally stimulating games and activities are another great way to promote cognitive function.
- Other things to include in a brain-healthy diet are beans, vegetables, whole grains, fish, olive oil and green tea.
- Foods to avoid are white sugar, white rice, pasta, fast food and foods that are packaged and fried.
- Studies seem to indicate that a lack of sleep can actually increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Sleep deprivation is shown to lead to higher levels of a brain protein called beta-amyloid, while also affecting mood and thinking.
- Lastly, cutting down on smoking and keeping at a healthy weight can each influence brain health and cognitive function.
If you’re looking for Alzheimer’s care in the Chicago area, Freedom Home Care can help!