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Senior Health: Alzheimer’s Threats & Protectors

Although the true cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown, scientific research is uncovering commonalities in the diet, lifestyle, and overall health of those with the disease. These discoveries are helping scientists better understand AD and spread awareness of both risk factors and preventative measures. Here are 5 leading brain threats and protectors, offered by Las Vegas Home Care Assistance.

Threats

1. Age – Perhaps the most uncontrollable, yet most influential, factor in developing Alzheimer’s, the risk doubles every five years after the age of 65.

2. Genetics - A person’s genetic makeup is also uncontrollable. However, it is possible to identify genetic markers that may indicate a higher chance of developing AD early enough to implement strategies that can significantly reduce the likelihood.

3. Heart Disease - Recently, a link has been discovered between high cholesterol and the development of Alzheimer’s. Those who take medications to lower their cholesterol tend to have lower rates of dementia.

4. High Blood Pressure - High blood pressure and other factors related to strokes can damage the blood vessels in the brain and reduce the oxygen supply. There is some research showing that this damages nerve connections that are related to memory, cognition, and verbal skills.

5. Diabetes - Insulin resistance has been linked to several different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

Protectors
1. Social Engagement – Research suggests having many satisfying social relationships can reduce cognitive decline and decrease the risk of dementia in older adults.

2. Intellectually-Stimulating Activities - Those who engage in activities that stimulate their brain’s information processing centers, such as puzzles and reading the newspaper, tend to have lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Physical Activity - Older adults with good cardiovascular fitness have reduced incidences of Alzheimer’s, perhaps due to the increased blood flow to the brain. Even a brisk walk is shown to have positive effects and help prevent AD.

4. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs - NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, reduce inflammation that may play a role in cognitive decline.

5. Healthy Diet - Currently, researchers have been focusing on the role that free radicals play in the development of Alzheimer’s. A diet rich in antioxidants has been shown to reduce these free radicals and their damage. Blueberries, dark green leafy vegetables and walnuts are a few of the recommended foods that can protect a person from Alzheimer’s.

To find out more about senior health threats and protectors, call Home Care Assistance at 702-550-3185. We are a leading provider of Las Vegas Alzheimer’s care and advocate for senior health, happiness, and wellbeing. Our caregivers can prep nutritional meals tailored to your loved one’s dietary needs, run errands, offer medication reminders, provide mobility support, and serve as a pillar of emotional support. We look forward to hearing from you and helping your loved one receive the care they need and deserve.