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How To Maintain A Healthy Brain

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Oct 22, 2018 11:00:00 AM
 

Watching a family member or friend slowly succumb to Alzheimer’s disease or a similar form of dementia can be an excruciating process. You may be wondering what steps you can take to help your loved one prevent the worsening of symptoms or prevent yourself from developing these symptoms down the road. While scientists haven’t figured out a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, they have developed theories on how to prevent the onset of symptoms and lower your risk of developing the disease.

 

Keep an Active Lifestyle

A group of three individuals walking outside.

By staying physically active, you can seriously reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. A sedentary lifestyle that without activity is harmful to the brain because it grows complacent. By regularly exercising, you can give yourself a brain booster and lower your risk for diabetes.

 

 

Stay Social

We’ve discussed the benefits socializing for seniors before. Over the last decade, research has exposed a critical relationship between loneliness and mental and physical health. The results are undeniable: Lonely people are far more likely to die earlier than non-lonely people. Experts are stressing that a diverse set of social connections is needed, along with multiple meaningful relationships that are close and personal. The research has shown that increasing these kinds of relationships and connections can improve health, manage stress, improve the immune system, and give purpose to people’s lives.

 

 

Reduce the Fat Intake

High cholesterol is linked to a diet high in fats. Beyond having a healthier and stronger body, reducing cholesterol also helps reduce the buildup of plaques in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Reduce your fat intake to only balanced nutritional sources such as avocados, cheese, dark chocolate, eggs, fish, and nuts.

 

 

Stay Sunny and Positive

The sun peeking through plants.

As you get older, your immune system will gradually become less effective. Getting the correct intake of Vitamin C as you age is vital for continued health and protecting all the cells in your body. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it attacks things that are harmful to your health. It also creates collagen, a vital component in creating skin and connective tissues for wound healing, as well as brain function and metabolizing. Untreated depression is also another thing linked to higher rates of dementia. It’s important to talk with your physician if you are experiencing depression.

 

 

Exercise

For anyone, staying in shape is a positive way to keep happy and healthy. It’s also an excellent method for lowering risk of adverse health conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and even anxiety and depression. Regularly scheduled physical activities are even more important for persons at an advanced age level. Staying active can improve quality of life for seniors, reduce risk of falling injuries and improve mental perception. In order to live long, productive lives, it’s important for seniors to keep their bodies moving, fueled with the right substances, and achieving adequate sleep. Engaging in just 30 minutes of exercise every day of the week can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms.

 

 

Eat Grapes

Research has shown that eating red grapes everyday helps to improve attention span and your memory. Grapes can reduce your oxidative stress in the brain, which improves blood flow. Regular intake of grapes can provide a protective effect against the early onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. A compound in grapes, resveratrol, is known to prevent age-related decline in memory. The antioxidant is essential for memory, learning, and mood.

 

 

Hobbies and Interests

Don’t let old age get you stuck in a rut. It’s not healthy for the brain and body to be sedimentary. Try to stay interested in current events and stay engaged with friends and family. Keep up with the going-ons of your loved ones and try to get involved with social organizations in your area. Bowling, bingo halls, the Red Hat Society, the American Legion, or your nearest senior center. You can also adopt some hobbies like taking care of a pet, volunteering, arts and crafts, walking, gardening, and golfing as well.

 

 

Get Your Cup of Joe

A cup of coffee. Drinking coffee can help to promote brain health.

Coffee has gotten somewhat of a bad rap over the years. As a diuretic, it dehydrates the body and can induce migraines and headaches. However, new research is uncovering that drinking even just a few cups of coffee each morning can help promote better brain health.

 

 

Learn More

Learning something new or challenging for your brain is a great way to keep it active and healthy. For example, tackling a foreign language can help beef up your grey matter and increases the transmissions between synapses. You can take courses online or with mobile phone apps such as Duolingo. You can also attend courses at nearby community colleges and with private tutors.

 

 

Kick the Habit

Smoking or chewing tobacco can be harmful to your long-term health. Quitting can create positive impacts almost immediately for your lungs, brain, and body.

 

 

Pass (On) the Sugar

A growing amount of research has shown that there could be a strong correlation between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Some scientists believe that Alzheimer’s may actually be a form of diabetes and that maintaining a healthy blood sugar level could be the key to preventing the development of Alzheimer’s.

 

 

Next Steps

There they are; These are the top ways to keep the brain healthy and avoid the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. Are you looking into a senior living facility for your family member that will support their senior health? Landmark Senior Living is available today to take you and your loved one for a tour at one of our seven premier and affordable communities. Call now for more information!

 

 

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Topics: Alzheimers

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