With the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s Disease on the rise, it is important to identify early signs of the disease and how to prevent it. If your loved one starts showing early signs of Alzheimer’s, do not panic. You can help them fight cognitive deterioration and keep their brain sharp! Even before a diagnosis, it is a good idea to help them start these practices before any signs show. Just follow the best ways to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and remember: F.I.G.H.T.
What you put into your body is an essential part of overall health. New studies are showing more and more proof that the Mediterranean Diet can significantly reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cognitive functioning diseases. This diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, fish, and whole grains while limiting poultry, egg, and dairy products. Specific examples of the Mediterranean Diet include tomatoes, broccoli, onions, apples, bananas, almonds, lentils, chickpeas, brown rice, and salmon.
Staying social helps a cornucopia of cognitive functions. It also prevents mental illnesses such as depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Great ways to help your loved ones get social are with senior living communities, a gardening club, book club, sewing group, and even social media.
Sleeping helps the body repair itself at a cellular level. A good sleeping schedule can dramatically reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. According to New Atlas, if your loved one experiences one night of sleep deprivation, it could lead to an increase in “Alzheimer’s protein.” This protein is also known as amyloid-beta. Help mom or dad get on a regular sleeping schedule and seek a doctor if they are not getting a full night’s sleep.
The link between heart health and brain health is powerful due to the fact that the heart pumps oxygen to the brain. The best way to have good heart health is healthy eating habits and exercise. We recommend walking with your older loved one for 30 minutes 5 days a week. Exercising up to 150 minutes a week can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease by up to 50%!
One of the most proactive ways to fight Alzheimer’s Disease is to think more and more profound. Have intricate conversations with your loved ones about themes in life or topics that incorporate their take on a scientific phenomenon. You can also help them think more in a fun way. Solve a puzzle, a riddle, or word games together. Most seniors lose mental challenges without work or trying to fix everyday problems that come with raising a family. It will help them if they have mental stimulation and in different ways. Challenge them to write their name with their non-dominant hand. Help them learn a new language or play a new instrument. Helping them dust off and turn the wheels of their mind can be the best way to fight Alzheimer’s Disease!
Hearing one of your loved ones has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be heart-breaking, but it is not the end. Together you can fight Alzheimer’s with this F.I.G.H.T. technique. And remember, it is never too early to start your own Alzheimer’s prevention.
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