Reducing Your Risk of Dementia
As providers of in-home care in Naperville, we have seen firsthand the devastating effects dementia can have on both the elderly as well as their families. Researchers are still looking into how the disease develops, but there is substantial evidence that a healthy lifestyle is beneficial in reducing the risk of developing dementia. Healthy lifestyles can also help prevent strokes and heart attacks, two major factors for developing both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
Here are some ways that you can help reduce your risk of developing dementia. Think of it in this way: what’s good for your heart is also good for your brain!
Eat a Balanced Diet
As you age, you may be tempted to give up on eating healthy food and instead opt for eating whatever you want. Try to incorporate as many fruits, veggies and grains as you can into your diet. Healthy fats like avocado are also great for your brain functionality. Avoid diets high in saturated fat, salt and sugar, as this could cause you to become overweight and develop type 2 diabetes.
It gets more and more difficult to exercise as we get older, especially with potential joint issues. Exercises like swimming, yoga and Pilates are gentle enough to continue to do as you get older.
Stop Smoking and Drinking
Both smoking and drinking should be avoided as you get older. A drink here or there isn’t going to hurt you but try not to make it a habit. You should aim to stop smoking altogether as well.
If you or a loved one is showing signs of developing dementia, you should consider our in-home care in Naperville. We also have specific programs for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Contact us if you’re interested!