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The Importance of Mental Exercise for Reducing Memory Loss

Alzheimer’s Care in Flemington, NJ – Our Brains Need Exercise Too!

Alzheimer’s Care in Flemington, NJThe most frequent cause of memory loss and mental deterioration for elderly adults is Alzheimer’s disease. It most commonly appears during the sixth or seventh decade of life. With the loss of memory, all the delicate feelings including love and caring, are also affected. The loss of emotions can affect family members, and create a distance between them and their aging relative. This has the greatest effect on the family members because the level of awareness of the person with Alzheimer’s disease diminishes as time goes by. Alzheimer’s home care can really help out both the family and the elderly loved one at this challenging time.

Scientists have discovered the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is a protein called amyloid. The problem occurs when amyloid plaques build up in the brain tissue disturbing neurochemical and biological functions of the brain. This creates a disconnection with the neural transmission between the brain and the rest of the body. Amyloid deposits are also connected with some hereditary and genetic diseases. Scientists do not completely understand why and how this process happens. There are lots of theories, but none of them are fully proven. Hence the ongoing need for further research.

Scientists are currently investing and trying out different hormones and medications which could stop the spreading of amyloid deposits. It is discovered that most patients suffering from this disease have a low level of acetylcholine, which is a vital neurotransmitter chemical that affects the transmission of signals and messages between the nerve cells. Medications called cholinesterase inhibitors are developed in an attempt to repress this process. Senile dementia is a disease that progresses with age, and deteriorates the mental state of the person affected by it. It occurs when the blood vessels supplying the brain become narrower and smaller, and cut off the blood supply to the brain cells. People are more likely to suffer from this if they have high blood pressure, diabetes, or are constantly under a lot of stress.

Researchers have proven people who exercise their mind regenerate neurons in the brain, which reduces the chances of memory loss. Additionally, physical exercise has a big part in preventing the development of dementia.

A normal person uses only a part of their brain cells. Large parts of our brain remain unused, and are waiting to be developed. Here are a few exercises you can do daily to help them develop!

  • Always try using more than one sense, even when completing simple tasks.
  • An example of combining senses within one task would be to sing and move your feet in dance steps while sweeping the floor. It awakens and energizes neural pathways.
  • Choose a different path instead of the regular one, discover new things!
  • Play chess, read an interesting book.
  • Talk to people – have conversations and debates about interesting topics.

New Jersey 24-7 Home Care counselors at Comfort Keepers are available to talk with you about your senior care needs including how to reduce caregiver stress while providing better, affordable care. We are an elder care agency providing senior care in Flemington, NJ, and the surrounding areas. For more information about senior care call us at (908) 806-2220 or (877) 806-2220.

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Marc Jeffries

At Comfort Keepers, our aim is to allow our clients to age with dignity and independence. We treat each of our clients with respect and dignity, as if they were a member of our own family. We pride ourselves in providing the highest quality of comforting care for seniors and others in need of assistance. We specialize in Alzheimer’s Care, Dementia Care, Personal Care, Live-In Care and 24-Hour Care.

Comfort Keepers of Flemington, New Jersey, has a team of eight support staff who will be your primary contacts and your advocates.

Nancy Hmieleski, R.N., C., B.S, is the Director of Nursing and supervises the Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) that work out of the Comfort Keepers Flemington office. Pat Corlett, RN, is the Case Manager.

General Manager Rebecca Tenore, Client Care Coordinators; Suzanne M. White, Kelly Balodis, Christine Lehr, along with Office Assistant, Nancy Russell, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year to answer your questions. You will hear a friendly voice no matter when you call.