For years, the general public was told the best anyone could do was hope for a good drug to treat dementia. However, loads of recent research shows that although dementia can’t be prevented, certain risk factors can be controlled and it’s possible to significantly reduce the risk of dementia in seniors. Here, Las Vegas home care provider Home Care Assistance runs through the most important facets of dementia prevention.
Mental activity and exercise through ongoing education, employment, or hobbies is linked to a lower incidence of dementia. Encourage your senior loved one to pick up something new like learning another language, painting, Sudoku, crossword puzzles, or learning to play an instrument. Keeping the brain engaged in stimulating activity is one of the best preventative measures anyone can take.
According to the American Journal of Public Health, there’s a direct connection between seniors having a social network and their cognitive function and dementia. Make sure your senior loved one frequently spends time with family and friends. Most cities have senior centers offering a wide array of activities, exercise classes, and field trips. If you live too far from your loved one for regular outings, find a Las Vegas caregiver who can provide transportation as well as regular companionship.
According to Professor Kirk Erickson of the University of Pittsburgh, modest amounts of exercise increase cognitive function and reduce cognitive complaints ordinarily seen later in adulthood. Get your senior loved one to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Check local rec centers and senior centers for classes like water aerobics or yoga that are easier on joints. Even things like cleaning, laundry, and gardening can count towards the 30 minutes.
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health links the Mediterranean diet with overall cognitive health. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating fresh produce, whole grains, fish, nuts, and olive oil. It also recommends indulging occasionally in a glass of red wine or dark chocolate. Also, if your senior loved one doesn’t take supplements, now is a good time to start. Vitamins B12 and D, as well as folic acid, magnesium, and fish oil all help preserve brain health.
It’s never too early to start preventative measures, especially when it comes to a loved one’s health. If your senior loved one has dementia and needs more care than you can provide at this time, Home Care Assistance offers individualized senior dementia care in Las Vegas. For more information on our comprehensive services or to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call (702) 550-3185 to speak with a friendly and qualified Care Manager today.