Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia… there is no escaping this diagnosis. Either a loved family member, friend, or yourself is or will be affected by this “long goodbye.” Studies show even without a cure, Alzheimer’s may be delayed by practicing a healthy lifestyle.
Bridge to Better Living realizes many of our articles/blogs emphasize the importance of making the right choices. Seniors and their loved ones need to understand the following (and somewhat repetitious) advice is essential to a healthy, enjoyable Quality of Life.
Lifestyle and Memory Loss
“People who followed four out of five lifestyle behaviors, including regular exercise, cognitive stimulation and a brain-healthy diet and not smoking, over a six-year period had a 60 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia when compared to people who practiced only one or none of these habits,” according to researchers from Rush University in Chicago. Four of the following five lifestyles, if chosen, could decrease the risk of memory loss.
- Not Smoking: Do not smoke. Period. Smoking inhibits oxygen and blood flow to the brain, increasing the risk of stroke. As a result, vascular dementia becomes a high risk.
- Exercise: Exercising at a moderate to vigorous level 150 minutes weekly, or 30 minutes daily delivers fresh blood flow to the brain. Amyloid plaque, known to damage memory areas of brains, is diminished with new supplies of blood. Regular exercise results in better memory.
- Nutritious Diet: The Mayo Clinic states a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and lean protein benefits memory retention.
- Light-to-moderate alcohol consumption: Alcoholic Dementia is only one of many types of Alzheimer’s. Heavy alcohol consumption increases chances of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis by 300%. Ask your Senior if this is a chance worth taking.
- Cognitive activities: Good news! One is never too old to learn. Engaging brains in mentally stimulating activities does delay memory loss. Social activities such as playing cards, trivia games, and crafting work the brain as does using a computer, watching a movie with friends, or keeping a journal.
Bridge to Better Living is always learning as each client has a unique story. Transition Consultants always enjoy hearing Seniors and families recall their lives throughout the transition process. Contact Bridge to Better Living today. Start saving memories.