Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s might feel like the end has already arrived, but that’s not the case. When a senior is dealing with this type of diagnosis or any form of dementia, it’s going to affect their mental health. There are numerous things people with Alzheimer’s can do to not just improve their mental state of mind, but also their memory.
Some studies suggest that mental stimulation and other activities can help delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss, at least for a few weeks, months, or even years (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation). Staying mentally stimulated is one thing that can help, but so can diet.
There are a few changes a person might consider making to their diet to help them focus on a healthier lifestyle and provide their brain the nutrients it needs to stay in peak condition, at least for as long as possible.
Omega-3 fatty acids.
Eating fatty fish that contains a great deal of omega-3 fatty acids is a great way to improve mental function. Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include wild cold water fish, such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel, chicken that are fed on flaxseed and walnuts, and even seaweed. That might not sound appetizing, but there are things that people can do to make even seaweed taste wonderful.
The brain gets energy primarily from glucose which comes from carbohydrates. When we consume complex carbs, or carbohydrates, it releases glucose slowly, which helps us feel full longer and provide steady nutrition for the brain.
Spinach or other leafy greens, including romaine lettuce, turnips, and mustard seeds, as well as broccoli, are high in fatty acids. The same is true about beats and lentils. When the brain is deficient in folate and other B vitamins, it can lead to an increased risk of depression, fatigue, and insomnia.
When a senior begins taking better care of themselves, even after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, it can have a positive influence on their life moving forward. This doesn’t mean to imply in any way, shape, or form that this is a cure for Alzheimer’s because there is no cure at the moment. However, the more people do for themselves to improve their mental stimulation and overall health early on, the more it can pay dividends as the disease progresses.
Also, getting valuable and reliable care as soon as possible is going to be absolutely essential to maintaining a higher quality of life longer as the disease progresses.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Markham, Canada, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.
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