Preventing Alzheimer’s in Senior Citizens

Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease that gradually affects someone’s brain. Those that are diagnosed go through a series of stages where their skills, memories, and overall ability to go about their daily lives starts to slowly wither away. There has yet to be a proven method of prevention, but there is strong evidence that living a healthy lifestyle can reduce an individual’s risk of the disease.

  • Diet: Studies suggest that eating certain foods, such as fruits and vegetables, can keep your brain healthy. One specific fruit that has shown to be effective are berries. Berries contain anthocyanosides that fight off the free radicals and beta-amyloid plagues that affect your memory. It is good to eat foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and tuna. The Mediterranean diet has also been linked to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This includes eating whole grains, fish, olive oil, and lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Keeping your Brain Active: Intellectual stimulation has been associated with lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s. Things such as reading books/magazines, playing puzzles, and going to lectures and museums are good activities to partake on. Social engagement has also been linked to prevention. Being surrounded by a good support system and engaging in social activities with others is important for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Physical Activity: Physical activity has a number of health benefits. In this case, it has been linked to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. There have been studies done on animals that showed how physical activity raised their nerve growth factor and that their small blood vessels also increased. Studies have shown that it’s important to try and avoid things like high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, so by exercising, you will be able to lower the risk of all those factors.

For senior citizens that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, they might need extra geriatric care than the average elder. Care home health services might be a good solution if you have an elder suffering from this disease.