With the percentage of older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease on the rise, it is more important than ever to educate yourself on prevention techniques. If you have family members that are showing warning signs of a memory-impairing disease, it is important to be prepared. HarborChase Senior Living is sharing a variety of prevention techniques to help in slowing the progression of this disease; including memory care services to assist your family and relieve your stress.
While there are techniques to aid in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, they are not a cure-all, but they do significantly reduce your chances of development. Of course, there are factors out of anyone’s control such as genetics and age. However, with more practice of preventative techniques, the farther your family member is from needing services for memory or dementia care.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a Mediterranean Diet can be a huge factor in the prevention of Alzheimer’s. This diet consists of vegetables, fruits, legumes, olive oil, fish, and whole grains. The research behind this suggests that the Mediterranean Diet slows cognitive decline and reduces mild cognitive impairment.
PHYSICAL & MENTAL EXERCISE
Did you know? Physically exercising 150 minutes a week can reduce the risk of developing dementia by up to 50 percent! It is also essential to mentally stimulate your brain daily. Both of these helpful preventions are offered as memory care services in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s and other diseases. They can mentally exercise with brain games, puzzles, riddles, memorization practice, and learning something new, i.e., learning to speak a new language.
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND HEALTHY HABITS
Social stimulation has a multitude of benefits for brain health, it can even prevent depression! It is important for your older family members to socialize with like-minded individuals. Other healthy habits to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s include reducing stressors and getting plenty of sleep with a normal sleeping pattern. These benefits can also be taken advantage of within a senior living community.
Senior living communities focusing on memory care through specialized services have a variety of additional benefits. At HarborChase Senior Living, our memory care services include fitness programs and other exercise activities, as a healthy lifestyle has a huge impact on the progression of Alzheimer's disease. We also guarantee that we “safety-proof” the area your family member resides in to ensure they cannot injure themselves. We implement the use of physical notes and labels to aid with brain engagement. Other memory care activities can include puzzles and riddles. Each memory care program varies, but all should include 24/7 skilled nursing assistance.
Alzheimer’s disease is not curable, but with the prevention techniques, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing it. However, if you or a family member does end up developing Alzheimer's, HarborChase Senior Living offers helpful and supportive memory care services.