As we age, it is common for our ability to memorize and remember details to fade. Severe memory loss, in the forms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, are two more significant forms of memory degradation that can greatly affect cognitive and motor skills.
Alzheimer’s can cause behavioral changes and difficulty recognizing written words or remembering their meaning. This disease, which is actually a form of dementia, affected more than 5 million Americans as of 2013. That number is estimated to reach about 14 million by 2050.
While there currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s, following these preventive tips may help slow the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s and help keep your mind sharp longer. Remember, however, it is important to see your doctor for regular checkups and if you notice signs or symptoms of disease, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Get Enough Sleep
As you age, your sleep schedule may change. You may not need to get up as early because you are retired, and you may stay up later to enjoy a book or watch TV. However, it is still important to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night to keep both your body and your mind healthy.
Schedule Social Time
The brain requires interaction to remain sharp. Be sure to set aside time each week to enjoy the company of family and friends. Edgeworth Park, like most retirement communities, offers a calendar of weekly activities and outings as well as many on-site amenities that can help you remain active and connected. Participate in a fitness class, take a stroll along the walking trail, join a group for a shopping and dining excursion, or have cocktails with friends in the casual bistro.
Maintain an Active Mind
Engage your mind regularly through classes and activities offered at Edgeworth Park. Rather than sitting around watching TV, participate in an art or music class, or try your hand at gardening in one of our raised garden beds. Or if you prefer some alone time, challenge yourself with puzzles or crosswords.
Eat Healthy Foods
Being overweight is actually one of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, so it’s important to maintain a healthy weight. Eat lots of green veggies, fresh fruit and nuts, and lean meats and fish to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy brain.
Exercise increases the flow of blood to the brain, which helps improve cognitive function. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous or monotonous. In fact, studies show that moderate exercise for 30 minutes several times a week can actually be more beneficial than intense exercise. Walking on a nearby trail or even indoors at the mall, taking a dance or tai chi class, or joining in on a water-aerobics class or swimming laps all count as healthy, moderate exercise.
Resolve Health Issues
Common conditions such as high blood pressure, stress, depression, and high cholesterol may contribute to an increased chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. By working with your doctor to manage new or lingering health issues, you can drastically decrease your risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Whether you need assistance with daily activities or specialized memory care, Edgeworth Park at New Town offers a vibrant and modern residential setting to call home. Our Heartfelt Connections – A Memory Care Program® is nationally recognized for offering people with Alzheimer’s disease, and other diseases dementias, the care and resources they need to maintain physical and emotional well-being and a high quality of life.
For more information regarding the services and amenities offered at Edgeworth Park at New Town, visit our Contact Us page, or call 866-568-9206.