Every year, approximately 10 million people globally develop dementia or memory-related problems. As there is no cure available, researchers have studied for decades to understand why it happens and what goes on in the body as the condition worsens. Here are some things older adults can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Monitor Blood Pressure
Healthcare professionals acknowledge that having a healthy heart can lead to a healthy brain. It is important to track your loved one’s blood pressure and maintain it at a healthy level. Do ensure to take the prescribed medications, eat properly with the needed nutrients and add routine exercise to the regular daily schedule.
Smoking is thought to be the main cause of a range of physical health complications like increased risks of cancers, high blood pressure, and many more. It is also a significant factor in increasing the likelihood of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. According to the World Health Organization, almost 14% of global cases of Alzheimer’s disease are directly linked to smoking.
Flex Your Brainpower
It is crucial to use your brain more often to maintain or improve your cognitive function. The more you use it and challenge yourself, the more likely you can mitigate the development of memory-related conditions like dementia. You don’t even need to devise your own curriculum as there are several methods to maintain cognitive function and improve memory, such as playing memory skill-based games and online reasoning. Research has proven that engaging in these activities can help to boost memory and reasoning skills, as well as provide help in daily tasks like managing personal finances and navigating public transportation.
Increase Social Interaction
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is reported that social isolation is a direct cause of a 50% increased risk of dementia as well as other problematic medical conditions. An increased social interaction can positively affect the body by creating a “cognitive reserve”. This is done to lower stress levels and encourage other healthy behaviors.
For families residing in Florida, respite care can be an ideal solution if your loved ones require companionship and socialization for some hours weekly or only need minimal assistance with daily living activities. At Discovery Commons At Bradenton, we offer guaranteed quality and compassionate services to ensure your loved one is as happy and healthy as possible.
One effective way to reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease is by sticking to a physically active routine. You don’t even require a rigorous exercise routine to obtain the benefits; you can simply take a brisk walk in the nearby neighborhood park or hiking trails, which will be sufficient to increase oxygen and blood flow to the brain. Apart from these benefits, your loved one can also enjoy a lowered blood pressure which reduces the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
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