Alzheimer’s disease is a horrible and debilitating disease, affecting over 5 million Americans today. The heartbreak and confusion that goes along with Alzheimer’s makes it a dreaded illness for all of us.
Though scientists haven’t been able to identify exactly what causes Alzheimer’s and, as of today, there is no known cure, there are some strategies that may help to lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and work on memory care in our country.
This is part two of a three part series, distinguishing different approaches to lower your risk of the disease. See part one here. Though people disagree on the scientific basis behind these strategies, they are all healthy ways of caring for our bodies that would be good for anyone to implement, not just seniors.
- Keep your fasting insulin levels below 3: This is related to your intake of fructose, sugar, and grains. And it also relates to how much you are exercising!
- Vitamin B12: “According to a small Finnish study recently published in the journal Neurology,7 people who consume foods rich in B12 may reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s in their later years. For each unit increase in the marker of vitamin B12 (holotranscobalamin) the risk of developing Alzheimer’s was reduced by 2 percent.”
- Eat blueberries: wild blueberries are known to guard against Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. This is an easy one to enact, and even if you don’t really like blueberries, you can throw some into a smoothie and mask it with a whole bunch of other flavors.
- Challenge your mind daily: Mental stimulation, especially learning new things, is known to decrease the risk and onset of Alzheimer’s. Learning a new language or a new instrument is a particularly good way to do this.
Check in with us next month for the next four things to do to help with memory care and senior care.
Assisted living residencies all over the country attempt to help people who can no longer function in their normal lives. One of those residencies is the BayView Senior Assisted Living home in Point Loma dedicated to the gentle care of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Call today to take a tour and find out if this group of experienced and caring staff is the best fit for your loved one.