Alzheimer’s disease affects many people who are elderly as well as some who are not. This week Disability Living is writing specifically for Canada’s senior disability community — that’s why we’ve published this post about easy ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Quick Tips for Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
Here are just a few ways you can protect yourself against Alzheimer’s disease and keep your brain healthy and sharp:
– Exercise – This may sound too good to be true, but it’s been reported that “exercise can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 50 percent.” That is amazing!
No one who wants to be proactive about his or her health can afford not to exercise (provided they are physically capable). It is best to get around half an hour of physical activity (aerobic) about 5 times per week. Don’t forget to talk to your doctor before you begin exercising.
– Sharpen Your Mind - There are several ways you can keep your mind sharp and healthy. First, you can learn a new language or study something new and challenging, such as a musical instrument you don’t already play. Second, challenge yourself with puzzles or board games (such as Scrabble). Also, try to memorize as much as you can — memorization can help keep your mind young.
– Sleep - This may surprise you, but sleep is a powerful weapon against Alzheimer’s. It’s vital that you get good sleep each night to promote your chances of not developing Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, “If nightly sleep deprivation is slowing your thinking and affecting your mood, you may be at greater risk of developing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.” Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
– Eat Healthy - Strive to feed yourself the healthiest food that you can, such as good fats, fruits, vegetables, and protein. The Mediterranean diet may be good for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Your goal in eating should be to “reduce inflammation.” Do this by ingesting Omega-3’s, steering clear of saturated and trans fats, drinking tea, and eating brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
What are your tips for staying mentally sharp?
Do you have your own methods of staying vibrant and healthy? If so, let us know. We know the whole disability community of Canada would appreciate it.
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Prior to reading this post, did you know that there were preventative steps you could take to avoid Alzheimer’s disease?
Did you know that exercise was so effective at preventing Alzheimer’s?