Promising research regarding Alzheimer’s disease is underway, and while no cure has been discovered, the evidence is strong that people can reduce their risk of developing the disease by making fundamental lifestyle changes.HarborChase Senior Living offers memory care throughout the United States. We realize the severity of this prevalent disease and wants to provide additional information about the condition. We are sharing a few tips that promote brain health and help identify risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but a healthy mind and body may be the key to preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Taking your family member for a walk or having them participate in certain physical activities can be extremely beneficial in the prevention of memory impairments. A study from the Alzheimer's Association shows that certain risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high stress can increase risk significantly. Risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease even include a solitary lifestyle that can cause unnecessary loneliness and undesirable stress.
Body and Mind
While the mind may seem like the obvious place to place blame for the disease, the body does have a link to it as well. Preventing Alzheimer's may not be that simple, but it is best to have yourself, and your family member, take precautions. Stimulating the body and mind doesn’t have to be equivalent to preparing for a 5k. It can be as simple as solving a puzzle or going for a stroll. If your older family member has a park near them, make a habit of strolling through it with them. While the research has yet to reach a conclusion, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Giving your family member the attention and care they need will help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's.
Your family member's diet may also play a significant role in the development of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Certain foods promote a healthier mind and prevent Alzheimer’s in the long run. These foods range from berries to vegetables, and even poultry. A healthy mind and body do not require your family member to completely avoid every food they love, but it may require them to reduce consumption of certain foods. The MIND Diet is the current growing trend with research suggesting it could help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by an upwards of 50%; you can check out the diet plan here.
The foods to avoid are straightforward. Fast food can be a culprit and puts you at risk for developing Alzheimer’s, so it's recommended that they avoid fatty foods.
Senior Living and Memory Care Communities
If you are unable to put together a plan, senior living communities like HarborChase Senior Living may be the solution your family member's needs. Our communities, located across the United States, promote a positive lifestyle by providing engagement and freedom.
HarborChase Senior Living has a unique cuisine menu that helps our residents maintain a healthy body. We offer them with a selection that doesn’t force them into a restrictive or unenjoyable diet. Our community has plenty of amenities that help reduce stress too. HarborChase Senior Living provides a variety of social and physical activities that promote a better and healthier lifestyle.
If you have a close friend or family member who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, HarborChase Senior Living’s specialized memory care programs offer supportive environments, attentive staff, and stimulating activities to promote total well-being for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia-related illnesses. Contact us for more information.