Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting nearly 5 million people in the United States. Fortunately, there are some things that you or an aging loved one can start doing today to greatly lower your risks of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. In fact, multiple studies report that adding certain foods into your diet might do the trick! Check out the following list of healthy foods from Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford to see how you or a loved one can start combating Alzheimer’s today:
- Try a Mediterranean diet. This type of diet is rich in leafy greens such as spinach, kale and collard greens, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids which can be found in found in fish and a variety of nuts. In addition to a reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s, the Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduced risk for heart disease, Parkinson’s and cancer. Need help in the kitchen? All Greater Hartford Home Care Assistance caregivers are trained in nutrition and possess the culinary skills to help older adults prepare healthy and delicious Mediterranean meals.
- Look out for foods high in folic acid. Folate, along with B6 and B12 vitamins, can slow down cognitive decline by keeping chemical levels that could possibly impair brain function in check. Vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, beets, corn and squash, as well as beans, lentils, sunflower seeds, and almonds are high in Folic acid. With so many options for foods containing folic acid, older adults can easily find options that match their dietary preferences.
- Enjoy a glass of apple juice. New studies are showing that you can improve memory simply by drinking apple juice. Apple juice helps prevent the decline of an essential neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. Because neurotransmitters are responsible for transmitting messages to other nerve cells, by protecting them, one can actively work to maintain good memory and brain health.
In addition to modifying eating habits, seniors can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s by socializing more! Keeping up with a regular social calendar and meeting with friends both old and new helps enhance cognitive function and keeps the brain strong. At Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford, we always promote and encourage our clients to remain social, and have skilled and compassionate hourly companions that can provide companionship and assistance with household chores, cooking, medication reminders, transportation and more.
For more information about our specialty Alzheimer’s care services, click here or contact Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford directly at 860-372-4500. Our Care Managers are available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and are more than happy to answer any questions regarding senior home care or care for an aging parent or loved one.