The importance of good brain health cannot be emphasized enough. Forgetfulness is a common phenomenon regardless of one’s age, and your genes may not influence dementia risk. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, which is rampant, so is caregiver burnout since Alzheimer’s often happens over a course of time. However, the good news is you have more power over your brain than you realize or appreciate. According to a growing body of scientific evidence, reducing inflammation levels in your bodies can be instrumental in reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, plus, it also helps improve your overall health and helps fight other life-threatening issues, such as heart disease and cancer.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be really daunting. It isn’t just memory loss that caregivers have to deal with, symptoms including agitation, paranoia and even physical aggression are some of the other behavioral challenges that dementia brings, which can take a toll on both the physical and emotional well-being of caregivers. This is where specialized memory care, which is the best form of assisted living Anthem, can help you navigate your way through the difficult situations.
The rise in Alzheimer’s can be attributed to a combination of age-related changes in the brain and environmental, genetic, lifestyle factors. Any of these factors can increase or decrease your risk of getting Alzheimer’s- varies from person to person. This blog aims to discuss a few lifestyle tips that can improve mind and memory, and shield you from the ravages of dementia. Read on:
Exercise– When it comes to brain health, exercise is number one. Exercising regularly for at least 30 minutes can improve your thinking and memory skills. Exercises could be as simple as brisk walking, swimming, biking, etc.
Exercise your brain– It is equally important to keep your mind engaged if you are looking at maximizing your brain health. Practicing crossword puzzles, learning new skills, such as a new language, taking up new hobbies like reading books regularly, playing games like card games or scrabble, can significantly cut your risk for developing dementia.
Eat well– A diet comprising raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish, such as mackerel, tuna that contains the brain-healthy omega-3s, using extra virgin olive oil, can play a big role in warding off cognition issues with increasing age. If you wish to keep your brain functioning at its best, opt for Mediterranean diet that centers around the aforementioned foods while discouraging processed and fast food.
Sleep– Your memory and thinking gets hugely affected if you don’t receive adequate sleep. You should sleep for at least 7-8 hours every night.
Stay connected– In these times, the best way to stay connected is via video calls with friends, family, and even neighbors. No matter they are one floor away or a continent, you must make it a point to talk to loved ones for at least an hour a day. If there’s a special occasion on the radar, see how you can celebrate it in a small and virtual way. This is good for your brain health and cognition.
It is just as important to stop smoking and cut your alcohol consumption. Anthem Senior Living is an award-winning memory care facility in Phoenix. To book a suite, contact us at 602-909-9550.