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Boost Your Brain—Stay Sharp Forever

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Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a drastic decrease in cognitive functioning. Lincoln In-Home Care states that Alzheimer’s sufferers will experience memory loss, confusion and disorientation that limit their ability to perform activities of daily living. Home Care Assistance provides caregivers who are trained in assisting seniors who require specialized Alzheimer’s care. Our caregivers provide in home care and assistance with household chores such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation and medication reminders. In addition to help with day to day tasks, our specialized Alzheimer’s care strives to preserve cognitive functioning and help our clients live a better quality life.

Top 10 Ways to Stay Sharp Forever:

1. Move it!

  150 minutes a week of moderate activity can reduce your dementia risk by 30-40%.

2. Lift Weights:

Cognitive function rises with balance and toning exercises because these exercises increase the levels of growth factors in the brain.

3. Learn Something New:

Do more than the same old crossword—something new builds the brain.

4. Relax:

Impaired memory results from chronic stress, which floods the brain with cortisol.  Reduce this through MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction), which is a form of meditation through which one’s attention is focused on sensations, feelings and state of mind.

5. Eat Like a Greek:

A heart-healthy Mediterranean diet with fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans reduced Alzheimer’s risk by 34-48% in a Columbia Univ. study.

6. Curry?!?

Herbs and spices like black pepper, cinnamon, oregano, basil, parsley, ginger, vanilla and turmeric (key ingredient in curry), have antioxidants which may help build brainpower.  Some researchers believe the curry Indians eat leads to their lower incidence of Alzheimer’s.  Kudos to the antioxidant curcumin in turmeric.

7. Find Purpose:

In a 7-year study of older adults, participants who developed clear goals and intentions at the start of the study were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. What’s your mission?

8. You Gotta Have Friends:

A rich social life may protect against dementia by providing emotional and mental stimulation.   According to a Univ. of Michigan study, even 10 minutes of conversation can improve short-term memory.

9. Reduce your risks:

The Univ. of California says if we can avoid obesity, diabetes, smoking and low physical activity, we can dramatically reduce our likelihood of Alzheimer’s.

10. Vitamins go to your head:

Brain vitality improves with proper nutrition.  Older digestive systems and medications can interfere with absorption of nutrients.  Vitamin B12 is especially important to boosting your thinking, reasoning, and memory.

From an article in AARP magazine, and including information from Gary Small, M.D., coauthor of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life, and Art Kramer, of Univ. of Ill., and Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Univ. of British Columbia.