There are many paths a senior can take to reduce his or her Alzheimer’s risk. Making a few lifestyle changes and sticking to them can have a significant long-term effect on cognition, but there’s no need to wait to implement these changes because many of them are simple and can be started right away. The Vancouver Alzheimer’s care professionals at Home Care Assistance suggest a few changes your senior loved one can make today to prevent Alzheimer’s.
The antioxidants and caffeine found in coffee can potentially reduce your loved one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s. By drinking at least 24 ounces of coffee throughout the morning and afternoon, your loved one can fight off the protein known as beta-amyloid, which is closely linked with Alzheimer’s.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Seniors who are overweight have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s. However, maintaining a healthy body mass index could help your loved one reduce the risk. To prevent obesity, your loved one should exercise on a regular basis and eat smaller portions during meals.
Increase Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake
Eating foods with plenty of omega-3 fatty acids can help your loved one reduce his or her risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A diet full of omega-3 fatty acids helps build and maintain the nervous system. When this system becomes dysfunctional, Alzheimer’s disease may develop.
Some healthy foods with a high omega-3 fatty acid content include:
- Coldwater fish like salmon
- Cod liver oil
- Fresh ground flaxseed
- Raw walnuts
- Organic eggs
Participate in Mentally Stimulating Activities
Just like the muscles in your loved one’s body need to be exercised, the cells in his or her brain need to be stimulated to remain healthy and strong. Your loved one should incorporate various creative hobbies and problem solving activities into his or her daily life. These activities can include using the Internet, playing digital games, working on crossword or Sudoku puzzles, gardening, playing video games with the grandkids, and engaging in role-play.
If your loved one needs more opportunities to engage in mentally stimulating activities, reach out to Vancouver Home Care Assistance. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM) uses a variety of exciting activities to slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. For more information on CTM and the senior home care Vancouver, BC, families rely on, call one of our experienced Case Managers at (778) 279-3634 to request a free in-home consultation.