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 realizes 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 loved one for a walk or having them participate in certain physical activities can be extremely beneficial. 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 your loved one’s 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 your loved one 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 the senior in life 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 loved one the attention and care they need will help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's.
Your loved one’s diet may also play a significant role in the development of Alzheimer’s. 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 the senior in your life 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 your loved one at risk for developing Alzheimer’s, so it's recommended that they avoid fatty foods.
Senior Living Communities
If you are unable to put together a plan, senior living communities like HarborChase Senior Living may be the solution your loved one needs. Our communities promote a positive lifestyle by providing your loved one engagement and freedom.
HarborChase has a unique cuisine menu that helps your loved one 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 loved one 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.