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Small Changes Could Make a Big Impact in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Oak Park, IL – Dietary Changes may Help Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer’s

As people age, the chances of developing certain diseases become greater. One such disease is Alzheimer’s, which is a type of dementia that causes memory loss and affects thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. While there is no sure way to prevent this disease, there are certain dietary changes you can make to lessen your risks of developing Alzheimer’s. Studies have shown
 certain nutrients can help the mind stay sharper while others may increase the risks of developing this devastating disease.

Keeping certain foods out of your diet can help lower your risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Processed foods are not good for the body or the mind. These foods are convenient but overall do more harm than good. Try to stay away from processed cheese and meat.
  • There are a variety of white foods with a negative impact on cognitive functioning. The majority of these are carbohydrates such as white rice, white bread, and pasta. One of the number one offending white foods is sugar; stay clear of this one if you can.
  • Nitrates can be found in many beers, packaged lunch meat, hot dogs, etc.
  • Diacetyl has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and can be found in microwave popcorn.

Adding certain foods to your diet may put you at a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and help keep your memory intact. The following foods are thought to enhance one’s memory:

  • Chocolate
  • Salmon
  • Coffee
  • Berries
  • Green vegetables
  • Extra virgin olive oil

These foods all support a healthy mind and therefore benefit your memory and cognitive abilities.

Vitamins are another great way to keep your memory sharp. The majority of vitamins can be found in foods while others may need to be taken as a supplement. The following vitamins are thought to increase cognitive functioning and keep the mind healthy.

  • B vitamins
  • Antioxidants in the form of vitamin E and vitamin C
  • Omega-3 fatty acid

As people age, the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease becomes greater. Having an overall healthy lifestyle including a good diet and exercise can help lower the risks of developing this disease. Including foods in your diet shown to improve memory such as coffee, berries, and salmon can help keep your mind sharp, while avoiding unhealthy processed foods will also add to your defense against it. 

If you or your elderly loved one are in need of Alzheimer’s care in Oak Park, IL and the surrounding areas, contact Right at Home Oak Park Chicago at (708) 445-6000. We serve the communities of Oak Park, Forest Park, Elmwood Park, Broadview, Galewood, Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norridge, Harwood Heights and Chicago’s west side. 

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Robert Stelletello

Right at Home Oak Park/Chicago is owned and operated by Robert Stelletello. His background includes extensive experience in business, finance, insurance, not for profits and real estate. He has been an owner of Sunshine Care Alzheimer’s Group Homes in Poway, CA for over 20 years and was the Executive Director for Meals on Wheels Chicago as well as being a program manager and creator of the Community Kitchens welfare to work job training program at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Robert is married with three children and lives in Wheaton, IL.

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