A retired body is a retired brain
Regular physical activity seems to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. A recent study published in Neurologyreported that participants were more than twice as likely to develop the disease if they were in the bottom 10% of measured activity. And that’s after taking into account age, sex, education, general health and social activities.
Scientists aren’t sure why this increased activity level helps ward off Alzheimer’s, but they speculate that it may increase the size of blood vessels and the number of neurons in the brain.
Researchers have also found that increased stress impairs memory in older adults. In fact, even the stress of driving to a memory test center can lead to test results similar to an Alzheimer’s patient.
It’s important to keep activity levels and stress reduction in mind as you deal with the memory problems of your loved ones. A home care agency can include neighborhood walks and other outings in the Plan of Care, to encourage healthy physical activity.
Read more about this in this NY Times article.
5 Tips to Avoid Alzheimer’s
- Exercise regularly. Aerobic activity three times a week for 40 minutes is strongly supported by research.
- Drink coffee. Research suggests coffee and caffeine help suppress the increase in amyloid plaques in the brain and inflammation, both of which are characteristic of Alzheimer’s.
- Keep stress to a minimum.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
- Keep your mind active. Read, write, socialize, learn!