Many family caregivers or family members worry about their loved one keeping a healthy and active lifestyle while battling Alzheimer’s. There are many steps that families can ensure their loved one stays healthy and active.
Brain Food: Having a brain healthy diet is one easy step to ensure your loved one stays in good health. Studies have shown that eating brain empowering foods can help slow down Alzheimer’s and dementia and can even help prevent the diseases in younger individuals. Foods containing anti-oxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, whole grains and monounsaturated fat, are known to help the body in a variety of ways. Anti-oxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E are three key ingredients to promote brain health. Whole grains and monounsaturated fats help promote a healthy heart and increase blow flow throughout the body. Keeping other key organs in tip top shape will in turn help the brain function at the highest quality.
Cognitive Activities: Any activity or game that makes your loved one use different areas of cognitive thinking, are good to add in their daily routine. Cognitive activities, such as word puzzles, reading, reminiscing, and matching games, challenge parts of the brain that are affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia. There are even smartphone and tablet apps, like Lumosity, for individuals who want to keep their mind sharp and improve their memory.
Physical Activity: Just as it is important for everyone to stay physically fit, it is important for your loved one too. They might not want to run a marathon, but simple activities such as, dancing, gardening, walking in a park and household chores are simple and safe ways for your loved one to get some exercise. Adapt a “workout plan” to fit their physical abilities. Even if they are not able to walk on their own, there is still a little something for them to do.
Even with the challenges of Alzheimer’s or dementia, your loved one can still maintain a healthy lifestyle. All of these actions can take place in your home or in an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility. Your loved one deserves the highest quality of life, no matter the disease they face. Take action today, their life depends on it.