I have had quite a few conversations with my Readers who are concerned about memory loss and dementia. I think every family has experienced the tolls that memory loss and dementia can have on a family as well as the one that is affected. Mr. R lost his grandmother and father due to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Watching your loved ones suffer in such a fashion can be brutal. Dementia is one of the things that haunts Mr. R as he ages. However, he’s more concerned about me having to care for him more so than he is of himself.
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This is what lead to my research in the area of memory loss and dementia because it can be fought but the fight should start much earlier than we thought. Did you know Alzheimer’s can exist in our brains for 20 to 30 years before it is diagnosed? Not only that women tend to be those who are diagnosed the most reports the Alzheimer’s Association:
Two-thirds of the 5 million seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease are women. Not only are women more likely to have Alzheimer’s, they are also more likely to be caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s.
However, there are things that you can do today to slow the onset of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Exercise Your Brain
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Exercising your brain is every bit as important as exercising your body for your overall health. It can stave off memory loss and the risks of dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease.Your memory is totally dependent on the strength and health of your brain. Staying mentally sharp as you age is going to play a huge factor in your future mental acuity. It’s easier to stay sharp when you’re young while studying and working but when you retire or cut down on activities it may not be as easy. It’s possible to boost your brain power no matter what your age. Your brain can benefit from exercise at any age, the same as your body can. The proper stimulation can open those neural paths to any amount of learning you want and enhance your memory. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started in exercising your brain:
- Studying a language or learning something new
- Challenge yourself with brain-boosting activities which mandate your attention and your time. AARP.org has a great site called Staying Sharp which features a Free Brain Health Assessment as well as brain boosting games you can play.
- Get outside of your comfort zone and engage in an activity that’s unfamiliar to the skills you’ve already developed.
When you have mastered a new skill or have stuck to a daily schedule of brain games reward yourself for your accomplishments. Rewarding yourself communicates to the brain that you’re enjoying the benefits of the skill or activity and that it’s enjoyable and very satisfying to you.
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A Healthy Diet
- Cut Down on Sugar – sugary foods and refined carbs lead to dramatic spikes in blood sugar which can inflame your brain. There are numerous studies suggesting that sugar can impair cognitive function.
- Eat a Mediterranean Diet based on plenty of vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish, and olive oil. Studies show that a Mediterranean Diet can dramatically reduce cognitive impairment.
- Include plenty of Omega-3 fats such as salmon, sardines, tuna and seaweed. DHA found in these healthy fats may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by reducing beta-amyloid plaques
- Enjoy 2 to 4 cups of green tea daily. Studies suggest that green tea may enhance memory, mental alertness and slow brain aging
Exercise Your Body
Physical exercise releases chemicals in the brain which can greatly enhance your brain power and memorization abilities.
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Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep is the brain’s elixir and can have a huge effect on your creativity, energy, focus and ability to think critically and perform at your best.
Socialize, Socialize, Socialize
Keeping in touch, socializing with friends and family may also serve to stave off memory loss. Humans are a social species and isolation may lead to depression and loneliness that could have an effect on your brain and memory skills.
Minimize Stress In Your Life
Stress can affect the aging in mental and physical ways. Learn some stress-reducing methods you can use on a regular basis and make plans to get rid of stress factors that could lead to memory and physical problems.
Here are a few organizations you can contact for additional information on dementia and Alzheimer’s:
- The Alzheimer’s Association
- Maria Shriver has been touring the talk show circuit advocating for Alzheimer’s Awareness based on the loss of her Father to this dreadful disease. She often collaborates with Cristina Ferrare whose Mother is also suffering. You can watch them on their Facebook Live presentations Food For Thought.
Has your family been touched by memory loss, dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease?
See you in the comments,