Tips to Add to Your Routine that Could help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease is a terrible affliction that affects upwards of 5.4 million people in the United States, almost all of whom are over the age of 65. This number is expected to multiply by the year of 2050. Currently, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States with one in every three seniors dying of either Alzheimer’s or a similar dementia type illness. Our skilled home health care professionals in Honolulu are all too familiar with the upsetting and ultimately helpless nature of Alzheimer’s disease. Although our employees have the necessary patience and empathy needed to assist those suffering with Alzheimer’s and are always more than happy to do so, we would much rather see a world where Alzheimer’s didn’t exist.
Today, we’ll talk about a few of the ways that doctors and researchers suggest could prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Here are a few preventative lifestyle changes that we suggest implementing in your, and your loved one’s, day to day lives.
Always Find Time to Learn
Learning something new keeps the brain running smoothly and trust us, there’s always something new to learn. If you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, take some time every day to sharpen your Spanish or Mandarin skills. Also, learning how to play an instrument is also fun and rewarding. You’ll be surprised with what your mind is capable of and it might just give you a reason to start a band or take a trip abroad!
Social stimulation and communication could do loads for your health. Regularly interacting with those that you love could potentially prevent Alzheimer’s as well as other diseases including heart disease and depression. If you live alone, don’t fall into the habit of cancelling on plans and spending too much time by yourself. The extra effort to surround yourself with your friends and family could benefit your health, and mind, in multiple ways.
While people and media telling you to stop smoking might sound like a broken record, perhaps it’s in your best interest to cut the habit. Smoking is linked to dementia and quitting now can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
A balanced diet is nothing outrageous if done right. Combine fresh and colorful fruits and veggies, which are filled with vitamins and minerals, with healthy amounts of proteins and unsaturated fats. Foods that are high on Omega-3 fatty acids are especially important to cognitive functioning and memory! Try some salmon (and most other fish) as well as egg yolks and flax seed! Adding these components to your diet could make a huge difference in the long run. And, they’re quite tasty if cooked right!
Years of a sedentary lifestyle can be terrible for your brain, and body, in the long run. Implement some cardio in your day to day routines. This can go from taking a walk around the block every evening to running a marathon! Regular exercise is necessary in preventing all types of diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Make sure to check with your physician before starting any exercise routines!
If your loved one was diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, our home health care providers at Wilson Care Honolulu are always here to provide compassionate and skilled care that you and your loved ones can rely on. Contact us for assistance with caring for those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. We hope that these tips are helpful and that nobody has to come across this terrible disease ever again.