Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is this June and when the “Longest Day” (www.alz.org) Fundraising Event is held. The facts and myths of this disease are highlighted in June and healthy brain activities are encouraged. Today fifty million people are living with Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Four hundred or more types of Dementia exist with Alzheimer’s being the most common. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease slowly causing memory and cognitive function impairment. Dementia is a group of symptoms negatively impacting memory, such as Parkinson’s. Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:

  • Difficulty solving problems
  • Memory loss disrupting life patterns
  • Confusion about time or location
  • Difficulty reading
  • Inability to follow or carry a conversation
  • Irresponsible decisions
  • Poor hygiene
  • Changes in mood and personality (Becoming unsocial, anxious, suspicious, or depressed)

Tips to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Healthy brains are an important first step to prevent and mitigate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Here are suggestions.

1.     Exercise: Exercise boosts moods and improves immune systems. New brain cell growth is stimulated by physical activity.

2.     Brain Diet: A nutritious diet affects both bodies and minds. Fatty fish provides omega 3, important for brain cell growth. Coffee boosts energy, increases awareness and provides antioxidants. Dark green vegetables offer antioxidants and vitamin K, reducing inflammation. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids and helps slow cognitive decline. To summarize, a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins keeps brains healthy with age.

3.    Brain Exercises: Have fun! Brain games supply pathways to improve memory, concentration, and learning. Try a new experience; learns a new skill; enjoy music; sole jigsaw puzzles, crosswords or sudoku regularly, and remember to spend a few minutes a day simply meditating, recalling good memories.

Bridge to Better Living recognizes the daily requirements needed for those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia and respects each client as an individual. Placement with Passion® is meant for everyone. Contact Bridge to Better Living today. We care about YOU.