Dementia And Alzheimer’s: How You Can Prevent And Delay The Effects
With an ageing population and many more people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s as a result, people across the country are keen to lower their risk as much as possible. So is there an answer? Can these diseases be prevented or delayed? These questions remain without a definite answer, and new research is constantly ongoing as a result. However, there are a number of factors which are said to be key in lowering an individual’s risk.
Diet, as it does with lots of other diseases, plays a crucial role. Eating healthily and sensibly throughout your life is believed to considerably lower your risk of developing dementia. Eating foods low in saturated fats and stocking up on plenty of fruit and vegetables is not only beneficial for your body, but also your mind. For tea lovers, there is an added bonus. Drinking plenty of green, white or Oolong tea may keep your brain in tip-top condition. So put the kettle on!
Exercising regularly can also help to delay and prevent the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Aim for at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise five times a week – that’s running, swimming, tennis or anything that gets your heart pumping that little bit quicker. Remember to always protect your head appropriately during exercise – head injury has been strongly linked to the development of dementia, so you certainly don’t want to end up with a bump on the head that could cause some serious damage.
Keeping your brain active is vital when you are looking to prevent or delay the effects of dementia or Alzheimer’s. So learn that language that you have always wanted to, practice a long neglected musical instrument, get stuck into a challenging book or enjoy puzzles, riddles and anything else that requires you to flex those thinking muscles. The fitter and more active your mind is, the less chance there is of anything going wrong with it later on life.
Having a chat
Enjoying a good natter is also key in the fight against degenerative brain illness. Studies show that individuals who chat and socialise fare better in memory tests, so getting together with friends and family could prevent these diseases from taking root. Letting your mind get enough rest and relaxation after all of that chatting and thinking is vital too, so focus on getting your eight hours of sleep every night, so your mind can recharge and be operating at maximum capacity the next morning!
It’s all in your hands now
While these are all effective ways of potentially preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia, you may still develop either of them. However, doing all of the above can delay the effects, so you can carry on as normal for much longer after your diagnosis. Laying the foundations of good brain health early on in life offers great benefits, but as the saying goes – better late than never!
Of course, talking to a health care professional is vital if you suspect that you may be suffering from a form of dementia, and you should always take the advice of your doctor very seriously. There is are no proven remedies for dementia and Alzheimer’s at present, but research has strongly suggested that all of the above show promise in delaying the onset and effects of these illnesses. Let’s face it, they can’t do any harm. So what are you going to do to protect the health of your mind? It’s time to get started!
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Steve Sharp is the Director for Barton Park Nursing and Retirement Home, established for more than 30 years it is one of the finest care homes in the North East of England.