Supporting Brain Health for our Seniors
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and as caregivers we must learn how Alzheimer’s affects the seniors we care for. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Currently there are more than 5 million Americans who are living with Alzheimer’s. Two-thirds of these Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. Sadly 1 in 3 seniors are dying with Alzheimer’s or other dementia illnesses.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s but there are ways people can help take care of their brain health. As a caregiver let us all work together as a community by helping our seniors make lifestyle changes that can help their minds stay active.
As important as exercise is to our overall health, it is also important for our brain health. Making sure our seniors engage in regular exercise that help elevate their heart rate will also help to increase blood flow into their brain and body. The heart does work well with the brain so take care of the heart and the brain may follow suit.
Choose Healthy Eats
Our seniors should always have a well-balanced diet and for their brain health, their diet should include foods lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit. According to The Alzheimer’s Association, certain diets such as a Mediterranean or Mediterranean-DASH diet help to contribute to their risk of getting Alzheimer’s.
Get Some Sleep!
Getting sleep is vital so our minds are well rested. Sleeping conditions such as insomnia or sleep apnea can result in problems with our memory and thinking. Allow our seniors to take a nice cat nap every now and then to help rest their minds.
Stay Socially Active and Play Some Games
Help our seniors stay socially active by helping them stay in touch with friends and family. You can also help by challenging them to a game of Chess or other board games that will help keep their minds active. Introducing puzzles like sudoku and crossword puzzles are also very good in helping our minds stay active.
Spread Awareness and Stay Informed!
For all the latest news on Alzheimer’s you can get more information and resources at www.alz.org . Remember to be patient with our seniors especially those who are showing signs of declining cognitive health. Let us all work together to help those in our community and #EndALZ together!