4 Golden Rules to Prevent Alzheimer’s

We hope that the following tips will help equip you for better brain health and prevent, slow down, or even reverse the process of deterioration and symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

by Hemala K.

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in its early stage is forgetting recently learned information, important dates or events, asking for the same information repeatedly, and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids or family members for things they used to be able to handle on their own. Current medications can only relieve some symptoms of the disease, and there isn’t any way yet to halt its progression.

Promising research has shown that our everyday lifestyle choices are the most important factors when it comes to the prevention of Alzheimer’s, which is also the most common cause of dementia. With this disease being on the rise in Malaysia, we hope that the following 4 tips will help equip you to better your brain health to help you to prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, slow down, or even reverse the process of deterioration.

It’s never too late to adapt to these changes as after all, every day brings promise, hope and often a commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

Clock in regular exercise

Did you know regular physical exercise can reduce your risk of developing dementia by up to 50%? It can also slow further deterioration in those who have already started to develop cognitive problems. Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 5 times a week and it does not have to be boring! You could walk, jog, cycle, swim or join a dance group or even add strength or weight training sessions to your weekly routine. Also sneak in some balance and coordination exercises that can help you stay agile and avoid falls.

Opt for a healthy diet

 

Making the right food choices could protect your brain function and lower your odds of getting dementia and a diet with less sugar and saturated fat but high in omega fats may help protect the brains. Supplements like vitamin B3, B6, D and E are also found to be helpful in preventing dementia diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Manage your stress levels

Persistent stress takes a toll and may subsequently lead to the increased risk of dementia. Try to sneak in some time to relax and half fun daily –  whether it is knitting, taking a walk in the park, yoga or playtime with your dog. Meditating too, can be very helpful by increasing the protective tissue in the brain and reducing the hormone cortisol, which has been known to increase the risk of developing dementia.

Have a good night’s sleep

Sleep is the best medicine as disrupted sleep promotes buildup of a certain protein in the brain that can lead to impaired memory and Alzheimer’s and hence, getting more deep sleep, then, might be able to clear the protein burden in the brain. If insomnia is a problem, try exercising, creating a relaxing bedtime ritual, or consulting a doctor.

Fighting Alzheimer’s

If you or your loved ones are experiencing signs of Alzheimer’s, consult a doctor for a professional diagnosis.

Suffering from or caring for someone with vascular dementia can be a tough journey. Engaging professional services to manage other associated impairments through post-stroke speech therapy and physiotherapy can greatly improve the quality of life and prognosis for a patient with vascular dementia. Caregivers can also cope better by understanding palliative care, managing stress, or joining a local support group.

Homage provides caregiving services for your loved ones at every stage. Our trained care professionals are able to provide companionship, nursing care, night caregiving, home therapy and more, to keep your loved ones active and engaged.

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About the Writer
Hemala K.
A Stage 5 clinger to new opportunities, places and Saturday mornings. She regards the world as her oyster and strives to enjoy life no matter what her circumstances as life is what she makes it. “Pura vida” is her answer to everything!
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