One of the most diabolical diseases that affects the elderly is Alzheimer’s disease. It degenerates the brain cells causing loss of memory and cognition and ultimately the entire personality that makes people who they are. Sad, but currently there’s no cure for this disease. Still lots of studies and clinical trials are being conducted to find out the cure, what can delay, or possibly prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Here are 5 healthy practices that may help prevent* the onset of disease:
1. Healthy diet for a healthy mind:
An ageing body needs the right diet that is easy to digest and light. Diet abundant in broccoli and green leafy vegetables has shown lesser cognitive decline, also foods rich in saturated fats and refined carbohydrates may be harmful for neurological well-being.
2. Socially interactive:
Meeting up with people, doing volunteer work or travelling with groups and mental exercises such as reading books, solving crosswords or playing games help maintain a good cognitive health and keep mind sharp. It is important the elderly indulge in both kinds of activities to prevent onset of Alzheimer’s.
3. Replenishing what is lost:
As the body ages, it stops manufacturing and absorbing a lot of important nutrients from the daily diet, so it is important to replenish them , Further, free radicals may build up in the system, which may cause damage to nerve cells, leading to Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidants are important to fight the damage caused by these free radicals.
4. Managing other health conditions:
Other diseases that increase with age like type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, vascular diseases and blood pressure can increase the risk of cognitive decline and bring an onset of Alzheimer’s. Keeping such diseases under control or managing them through medication and lifestyle changes and their impact on Alzheimer’s.
5. Getting active:
Physical exercise and activity contribute significantly in lowering risk of Alzheimer’s. Exercising also increases the level of a certain protein, key to brain health. Thus, it is important that the elderly continue with some physical exercise to stimulate brain functions that are vital to healthy cognition.
Alzheimer’s disease is difficult for the patient but it is more difficult for the family as they slowly watch their beloved getting lost in the abyss. However, with these practices, one may prevent or reduce the possibility of Alzheimer’s in the elderly of the family.
*There is no definitive evidence yet about what can prevent Alzheimer’s or age-related cognitive decline. All the preventive measures stated above are based on what the scientists have learned so far.