Preventative Lifestyle Factors for Dementia

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On January 5, 2013, Posted by , In Dementia,Home Care, By ,, , With Comments Off on Preventative Lifestyle Factors for Dementia

Dementia can be a debilitating disease, robbing the elderly of their memories and ability to reason. Many seniors with dementia require in home care, costing thousands of dollars a year. Some senior citizens with dementia may not be candidates for home care, requiring expensive facility-based senior care.

There are several lifestyle factors that can worsen or exacerbate the progression of dementia. Many life-style diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease can affect the progression of dementia. Some medications can impact the spread of dementia.

The human brain is made of cholesterol. While high levels of cholesterol can contribute to heart disease, some cholesterol is necessary for the synthesis of hormones and brain function. Anti-cholesterol medications can lower cholesterol to a dangerous level, worsening the spread of dementia in some senior citizens. It’s possible to lower cholesterol naturally by maintaining a healthy diet. Avoid processed meats and cheeses, and avoid excessive fats in a diet. Many whole grain foods can naturally lower cholesterol, without the need for medication.

In addition, some supplements can be effective at slowing the spread of dementia. Omega-3 fatty acids are naturally found in fish, flaxseed, and other food sources. Omega-3 fatty acids form an integral part of the human brain, and have been shown to slow the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids can lower inflammation resulting from arthritis, lower depression, and minimize anxiety.

Dementia can be a challenging disease for many care givers. One great way to fight the progression of dementia is through exercise. A 30 minute walk every day can be a great way to improve mental clarity and health. It’s also important to provide mental stimulation for older individuals. Games like chess and checkers can help keep a mind active, and prevent one’s mental abilities from atrophying over time.



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