Begin To Take Care Of Your Cognitive Health With These Tips

  • January 14, 2022 BY  Anthem Seniors
  • Anthem Senior Sanctuary

Alzheimer’s disease- the most common form of dementia- still has no cure. Its huge prevalence in America makes it imperative to take appropriate measures to prevent it since researchers seem to be agreeing on one thing to deal with Alzheimer’s, which is prevention. When there are easy ways to prevent Alzheimer’s, why worry about something that isn’t going to happen.

The world sees around 10 million dementia diagnosis every year, America being one of the leading countries. As per latest research, our lifestyle choices can influence risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This means adopting healthy measures can significantly cut your risk, while sedentary behaviors will increase your risk.

Here are some ways to start on the path of preserving your cognitive health with increasing age:

Adopt the Mediterranean eating pattern– The importance of a Mediterranean diet cannot be emphasized enough for the health of your heart and brain, and rightly so, since the diet stresses on intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and fish (mackerel, herring that contain the brain-healthy Omega 3 fats) while discouraging all the stuff that are sources of unhealthy fats like red meat. If you really want to lower your risk for developing age-related dementia, adopting the Mediterranean or the DASH diet is the way forward.

Sign up for language classes– To boost cognitive skills, there’s nothing better than learning a new language. Even studies back this fact up in that learning a new language can be instrumental in protecting you against cognitive decline.

Keep your mind stimulated– Engaging in activities, such as solving puzzles, learning a new language or a musical instrument, even social interaction for that matter, can play a huge role in reducing dementia onset.

Manage stress well– Stress, if not managed well, can wreak havoc on your physical and emotional well-being, even taking a toll on your cognitive health. Thankfully, there are effective stress prevention practices, such as yoga, practicing mindfulness, meditation, etc. that can help with coping. Managing stress well can reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s.

Other measures:

  1. Quit smoking (15 percent of Alzheimer’s cases across the globe can be ascribed to this factor)
  2. Monitor your blood pressure to keep it in a healthy range (this will ensure a healthy heart, therefore a healthy brain)
  3. There is no substitute for exercise (move more to increase oxygenated blood flow to the brain)

It must be noted here that besides the aforementioned tips, you can also consider an Anthem assisted living or memory care community to put your loved one up at that are well-equipped (professional staff+ memory care programs) to improve quality of lives of individuals dealing with cognitive disorders. If you are on the lookout for a memory care community that prioritizes residents’ wellness, you have landed at the right place at the award-winning Anthem Senior Living. To book a suite, call Anthem Senior Living on 602.909.9550. We are taking reservations now! Ensuring well-being of residents is at the center of all our activities, including fitness classes, opportunities for social interaction, healthy nutrition and more.