Helping to Prevent and Fight Against the Brain’s Biggest Killer
It is no surprise at this point—with 5.7 million Americans suffering from the disease— that people have lost a lot with Alzheimer’s and that many people out there are looking for ways to slow down the progression of the condition have lots at stake. Let’s take a look at some prevention measures people can take to help slow down or prevent the disease entirely.
There are many things that a person can do to try and ward off one of America’s biggest killers. While the disease is not exactly curable, there are things a person can do at a young age that can make a difference later in life when the disease is more likely to take hold.
The fact is that there is still not 100% certainty as to what actually causes the disease. There is still a certain type of ambiguity as to the actual source and yet scientists have been hard at work trying to figure out what kind of lifestyle might help better ward off the disease.
Exercise and Physical Activity
Exercise is often a good preventative measure for countless illnesses and conditions. The fact remains true for the prevention of Alzheimer’s or the slow down of the progression of the symptoms. The recommendation is for about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a couple of times a week.
Maintain Regular Sleep
Another way to help prevent the disease might be maintaining a regular and consistent sleep schedule. Not getting enough sleep can have detrimental effects over a long period of time and it can begin to affect other functions of the body including memory. According to a study by the National Institute of Health sleep plays a role in clearing beta-amyloid out of the brain. One of these studies shows the difference in one night of sleep deprivation. That is, participants of the study that did not get a full night’s sleep were compared to those who did and the difference—in just one night—was noticeable.
Eating a Healthy Diet
Giving your body and brain the proper and sufficient nutrition is key in helping the function of the brain stay active and healthy. Some say that a Mediterranean diet, which includes high amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts, legumes, fish, a moderate amount of poultry, eggs, and dairy.
In the end, there is nothing that guarantees you may not be susceptible to Alzheimer’s. Although genetics play a role, lifestyle, and other factors, the human body is still not one hundred percent predictable. As it turns out, leading a healthy life is simply the best preventative measure for a lot of conditions.
Once someone has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, there is little to do in terms of curing the disease. There are ways, however, that can help slow down the progression and maintain a certain amount of functionality and mobility. Here at Desierto Home Health, we help Alzheimer’s patients stay healthy and active through proven therapies, medications, and movement. One of the advantages of giving Alzheimer patient’s care at home is that remaining in a familiar environment can be quite helpful with someone going through the initial stages of the disease, where momentary lapses of memory can be quite disorienting. A familiar environment, being at home, staying with relatives, is the best way to reduce stress in some of these Alzheimer’s patients.
Our mission here at Desierto Home Health is to help patients of Alzheimer’s and their families deal with their situation in the best way possible. We offer compassionate and effective care that helps families stay together, stay strong, and stay healthy.