|Keep your brain stimulated to, at the very least, |
slow down dementia and Alzheimer's.
The good news is that both dementia and Alzheimer’s can at the very least be slowed down. While there is no cure for either condition, making lifestyle changes can show great improvements and even prolong the conditions for people who have not developed many of the symptoms or are experiencing moderate to severe symptoms yet.
Protect Your Brain with Lifestyle Changes
Researchers around the world have been searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. In one study researchers discovered the following by making simple lifestyle changes a person could in fact prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s. The sooner you start the better chance you have of avoiding them or completely preventing both dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Healthy diet
- Stress management
- Regular exercise
- Quality sleep
- Get a social life
- Mental stimulation
According to the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50 percent. Exercise has also been shown to slow the deterioration in people who have already started to develop symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
If your body has been inactive and you have been leading a sedentary lifestyle, before you start an exercise program of any kind it is best to consult your doctor so they can do a physical exam and make sure all is well before you start to exercise regularly.
Walking is the best exercise to start with, do not overdo it your body will let you know how fast and far to walk. You have to start out with a casual stroll through your neighborhood and build up to a mile or so a day. If you can use the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther away than you normally would when you go out some place. Every little bit of exercise will help you.
Maintain or get involved in some social activities to stimulate your brain.
- Take group classes
- Join a club
- Visit your local community center or senior center
- Connect with other people over the internet
- Make a weekly plan to have lunch with a friend
- Get out of the house (go to the movies, the park, or to a museum)
Tiffany Matthews is a freelance health writer with 20 years of medical experience. She contributes health and medical articles to numerous publications and websites on a regular basis including Healthline.com.
Help support this ad free blog by answering several questions about caregiving here. It will take just two minutes.
|Call us. We're here to help.|
About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visithttp://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.