More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. While there is currently no cure, recent trends in the care and prevention of Alzheimer’s suggest that eating right, getting regular exercise and staying mentally active may play a key role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Today, the Jefferson County Alzheimer’s care experts at Home Care Assistance are going to examine just how helpful these activities are for seniors and older adults!
Promote a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle
At least six brain-healthy lifestyle components are considered important when it comes to preventing Alzheimer’s disease: regular exercise, quality sleep, mental stimulation, diet, stress management and an active social life. In general, the more physically and mentally active a person is – especially for individuals ranging in age from 55 to 75 – the better the odds are of staying mentally vital with age. A brain-healthy lifestyle may include:
- Light to moderate exercise (based on physical capabilities)
- Dietary adjustments (to include an age-appropriate level of nutrients)
- Memory exercises (asking someone to recall recently acquired information)
- Eating smaller meals throughout the day (rather than 3 larger meals)
- Drinking more tea (especially green tea)
- Taking vitamin supplements (including fish oil and vitamin D)
- Bedtime rituals (warm baths, light stretches, etc.)
Maintain Balance and Coordination
Research suggests that head injuries may be a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s disease in some patients. One way to at least reduce the risk of head injuries from falls is to increase balance and coordination abilities through exercises designed to specifically strengthen core muscle groups. This can be achieved with light exercises, using a balance ball, or even by taking up yoga or similar activities. Seniors who struggle with mobility may also want to consider help from a professional hourly or live-in caregiver in Jefferson County. Caregivers are highly trained and can assist with daily activities and personal care to ensure safety, maximize comfort and prevent falls and injuries.
Ensure Overall Health and Wellness
Aside from genetic factors that may increase the odds of developing the disease, there are very few indicators that someone may get Alzheimer’s. However, maintaining an active brain-healthy lifestyle, including everything from tackling daily crosswords to taking walks, may prevent or, in some cases, reverse deterioration of all-important brain cells and ensure overall health and wellness.
If you are concerned about the safety or health of an aging parent or loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance today. We are proud to provide home care Jefferson County families trust, and are available to answer questions twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Learn how a professional and compassionate home caregiver could benefit your aging loved one by calling 303-987-5992 – we look forward to hearing from you.