Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and degenerative disorder that predominates and becomes pronounced as one grows old, moving into fifties or sixties. Alzheimer’s, medically speaking is a progressive form of presenile dementia which usually afflicts a person when he enters his 40s or 50s and the most noticeable symptoms are impairment of memory leading to impaired thought processes and incoherent speech. An individual suffering from an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s is almost helpless, unable to do anything on his or her own.
It is estimated that over 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s. If you’re someone living with this degenerative disease, you probably have been told by your physician to continue taking your prescription medications and keep your fingers crossed, hoping for the best. However, you can do a lot on your own to mitigate the symptoms and lead a more active and meaningful life. You can follow some good habits and bring about some changes in your current lifestyle to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s or alleviate the symptoms if you already have it.
1.Becoming gregarious to the hilt
Old people tend to limit their interactions with their near and dear ones and prefer to keep to themselves. However, the human brain has evolved to function in its full capacity only when the individual is socially active. The more you interact, socialize and communicate with others, the more your gray matter is exercised. There’s so much you can do to socialize including but not limited to become a member of a social forum or club, visiting the community center for seniors, and networking via automated social media platforms.
2.Keeping yourself physically active
Numerous insightful studies and researches on Alzheimer’s have pinpointed on the significance of physical activities for preventing or delaying the onset of the disorder. Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation has claimed one can minimize the risk of the degenerative disease by up to 50% through routine workouts. You can schedule an exercise program that helps you mobilize the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tissues in your body for 2-2 and a half hours every week. Nevertheless, always ensure to get in touch with a physician or fitness expert before you get started.
3.Stick to a balanced and nutrient-rich diet
Neurons or nerve cells in the brain are unable to interpret messages or signals and therefore communication inter alia is severely hampered during Alzheimer’s. This discrepancy happens chiefly because of insulin resistance and inflammation. The inconsistency can be reversed by readjusting eating habits that can help check inflammation symptoms. Some good dietary habits you can follow include consuming home cooked foods, drinking 2-4 cups of green tea, eating fruits and veggies, taking food items rich in Omega-3-fatty acids, cutting down intake of sugary and processed foods.
4.Try to sleep soundly
Patients of Alzheimer’s usually have difficulty sleeping and many of them are insomniacs. Insomnia is not only a symptom but also a major cause of Alzheimer’s. So, if you’re not getting enough sound sleep at night, you’re vulnerable to becoming stricken with the disorder. An individual with Alzheimer’s more than other geriatric persons, needs to sleep peacefully for 7-8 hours at night on a regular basis.
To improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep, avoid taking daytime naps, follow a scientific and steady sleep schedule, avoiding watching TV two hours before going to bed or doing any stressful work, and do light breathing exercises.
5. Keep yourself mentally stimulated
In Alzheimer’s disease, it is the brains cells that are adversely affected the most thereby impairing reasoning ability, memory skills, and hampering the ability to think, speak, and act normally. You can keep yourself mentally stimulated by solving crossword puzzles, learning to research on the net, take piano lessons, teach your grandchildren new tricks, and play with them.
Apart from the above habits, you can follow other tips to keep Alzheimer’s at bay like taking a warm bath, doing yoga, laughing more often, giving up smoking, keeping your weight under control, drinking less often, and going for regular medical checkups.