December 15, 2017 in: Strategies to Follow to Fight Dementia,
When you think about Alzheimer’s, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? A 70 or 80 year old sitting in a comfy sofa alone and confused. For them, the four walls of the care home feel confining one day and completely unfamiliar the other. According to Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the USA. People who are riddled with this disease find it hard to distinguish day from night, as everyday seems new to them.
It is estimated that by the end of 2017, Alzheimer’s and other diseases related to dementia will cost the nation $259 billion. By 2050, this amount will reach $1.1 trillion. 1 in 3 senior citizens die due to Alzheimer’s. From 5.5 million people, 5.3 million are elders and patients of dementia. What is more alarming is that every 66 seconds, a patient develops dementia. This is a disease that kills more people than patients who die due to prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. Though there is no cure for Dementia once it sets in, a person can make certain life style changes that may help them to minimize its symptoms.
Following are ten tips that can help you combat dementia:
Use that Brain – Challenge Yourself
With time, elders lose the ability to use their brain. It’s like saying that the brain is just sitting there and rusting. In order to activate your mind, challenge yourself like playing Sudoku, word or jigsaw puzzles, bridge or any game that requires you to come up with artistic ideas. The more workouts your brain gets, the stronger it will become.
This was one of the biggest breakthroughs made in 2012. A study was published in Med.gov on “Effects of Rosemary on Cognitive Function in an Elderly Population”, which proved that a small amount of rosemary can help people recall better and faster. In another study by Mark Moss, it was concluded that the diffusion of rosemary oil enhanced the memory of people up to 75%. So, make a pouch of rosemary and keep it in your bag. Wherever you are, sniff the pouch at least twice a day.
Break a Sweat
Exercising has an indirect line to improving a person’s cognitive abilities. When you do a rigorous workout, oxygen and blood flow supply to brain is increased, which helps it remain sharp.
Monitor Your Mental Health
Stress is a big factor that can lead to dementia. People having sleep problems, anxiety and depression are more likely to develop dementia. If you are suffering from any of these problems, then try meditation or cognitive behavioural techniques to get your routine back into order.
Studies prove that smoking can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Try using nicotine patches or gums to slowly get off this habit.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Vegetables and fruits are packed with Vitamins and antioxidants that protect your cells from degenerating. Fill your diet with leafy greens and proteins such as oily fish. Try to consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week.
Head injuries can cause cognitive decline, which might lead to any form of dementia. Therefore, wear a seatbelt when driving and a helmet when motor biking, cycling or playing any kind of rough sports. Protect your head at all times during falls.
Don’t Play the Blame Game
Just because you think you have a bad memory does not mean you actually have one. Journaling or saying things out loud can help you retain your memory better. Say it, to believe it. Try using rhyming words to remember dates and occasions.
Take Part in Educational Activates
Join a cooking or art class. Educate yourself in any manner you see fit. Even better, join a book club!
Become Socially Active
Spending time with friends helps you find meaning in your life. The feeling that you are valued and loved gives you the strength to perform better. A laugh with your friends improves your brain’s health and reduces stress.
If people start taking care of their bran health at an early stage, they have a fighting chance of defeating dementia. Start following these ten tips now and see the change for yourself.