Tips to Ward Off Alzheimers Disease
Alzheimers Disease is one of the most common diseases in the general category of Dementia. It is a degenerative disease that worsens as it progresses and eventually leads to death. In fact, it often starts out as simple absent-mindedness and then manifests into a very serious and fatal disease.
Alzheimers can be contracted by those who tend to be very stressed or have had a particularly traumatic past. However, there is not fixed or decided reason for someone to have alzheimers. The symptoms start with absent-mindedness. The patient forgets everyday things like whether they took their medicines, or put off a stove. The patient also seems aggressive, irritable and tend to have severe mood swings. All these slowly lead to complete memory loss. Ordinarily, the lifespan of the patient, after diagnoses, is considered to be not more that 7 years. In some cases (about 3%) it can extend to 14 years.
Tips to Ward of Alzheimers:
Because there isn’t a cure for Alzheimers Diesease, it is essential for one to be aware of methods and practices that can help slow it down, or keep it at bay completely.
Physical Exercise: It is a well-known fact that physical exercise has an impact on a person’s cognitive abilities. As such, a person showing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s should engage in physical exercise. Over the years, several experiments have been conducted by experts, and they have seen that resistance training, toning exercises, walking and even minor weight-lifting show considerable effects in improving cognitive functions. More so, in case of Alzheimer’s patients, this improvement helps in keeping the disease from growing, and slowly reducing its impact. Swimming can also help a great deal to keep Alzheimers at bay.
Mental Exercises: One this is for certain, the damage caused by Alzhiemers is irreversible. As such, what needs to be done is that other aspects of the mind need to be strengthened. Just like one would keep their muscles strong when their bones go weak, so that the bones can bank on the muscles for strength. Mental exercises like puzzles, logical riddles, wordplays, crossword and many others give the brain an exercise. Engaging in such puzzles helps the patient to sharpen their thinking and speed up their recall process. As such, even though alzheimers may be applying a brake on the wheels of your mind, these exercises, will apply the accelerator, so that your speed doesn’t really reduce.
Fish: Fish has been very well-known over the years as good brain food. From it being prescribed to pregnant ladies as an optimum pre-natal food, to it being given to children to boost their cognitive ability, fish goes a long way. Now that fish is such a great food for the brain, would it not work well to keep alzheimer’s at bay? It sure does. Fish contains omega 3 fatty acids, which help in increasing grey matter in the brain. As such, not only are you strengthening the existing muscle mass of your brain, you are also increasing it.
Coffee: Coffee is a popular stimulant. When one needs to be refreshed, or stay refreshed despite being tired, one often turns to coffee for support. Studies be experts have shown that drinking about three to five cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of one developing Alzheimer’s disease by 65%.
Stay Positive: Any dementia disease, like Alzheimers is often caused due to plaque depositing in the brain. In lay-man terms, when you allow garbage to stay put in your mind, it rots, causing Alzheimers. Make it a point to do things that stimulate you. Meet people who have a positive impact on your life, and be as communicative as possible. All of these things can surely keep Alzheimers at bay.
Alzheimers is a disease that is not only tough on the patient, but on his family too. Keep it at bay, pay attention to each other for subtle signs. The earlier you catch it, the more successful you will be to ward it off. Stay healthy, stay well!
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Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: November 22, 2012