Reducing the chance of Alzheimer’s through healthy living
March 1, 2011
There's no sure way to cure Alzheimer's disease, but various studies have shown that there are some habits that may help one delay or mitigate the onset of the illness. Older adults who have a family history of cognitive difficulties should take these strategies to heart, as they are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with the disease.
The first area one should focus on is diet, according to The Idaho Statesman. Eat salads, fruits and fish and reduce the amount of red meat, ice cream and butter. The goal is to promote the intake of brain-healthy nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids while cutting the saturated fat. The news source states that this step alone could reduce the chance of Alzheimer's by 38 percent.
Exercise may be another fundamental element in preventing Alzheimer's. By going out for regular walks and eating well, one may lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease by 60 percent.
Those who are worried about their cognitive functions may also want to consider installing a medical alarm in a home. This device can send medical alerts that help notify one to take pills at different points in the day, so seniors can stay healthy.
The Alzheimer's Association estimates that one in eight baby boomers will develop the disease in the coming decades, which emphasizes the need for older adults to prepare for the future.