Healthy Living to Promote Health in Old Age
Healthy living early in life can contribute to huge dividends in the future. While it is hard to say that following X, Y, Z steps will prevent Alzheimer’s, there is research to suggest that certain healthy life styles can contribute to a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s or other related dementias in old age. Remember that dementia is not a normal part of aging, and even though researchers are still searching for causes, it should not be expected in old age. In other words, doing whatever we can to prevent is of utmost importance. Below we will share some general tips to consider. See whether they currently match up with your habits now.
Exercise: Being active is one of the greatest things you can for your physical wellbeing and for your mental health. Many people get discouraged because they may associate working out with going to the unfamiliar challenges, like going to the gym, lifting weights, or running. While these are excellent forms of exercise, they are not the only ones. Going on a brisk walk for thirty minutes to an hour is an amazing cardio exercise. Many people should take exercise gradually, working up to harder and harder exercises. If possible and feasible, finding a personal trainer at a gym is also a great way to introduce yourself to exercises and proper form for safety. Even if a personal training session is only temporary, it can still be a great way to get familiarized with the basics. Of course, consult with your doctor before starting any exercise regimen.
Eat Healthily and Nutritiously: Diets full of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, legumes, nuts, and dairy can help you maintain a healthy body weight, as well as contribute to brain health. A diet rich in berries, nuts, and healthy fats (like omega 3 fatty acids) has been linked to a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s. Also, make sure to get your daily dose of vitamins through eating vegetables and fruits. A visit to the doctor can tell you if you are deficient in any vitamins, after which multi-vitamin tablets may be suggested. Lastly, being mindful of your cookware could be important. While research has not unanimously confirmed that aluminum contributes to Alzheimer’s, some studies suggest that it does. Perhaps, for the time being, putting away the aluminum pot can be a good idea.
Keep Your Mind Engaged: Whenever your brain is not being used, it is prone to degeneration. It is, therefore, important to keep your mind engaged and at work. If you have time, try to pursue new hobbies, learn new things, or pick up old skills you haven’t practiced in a while. When your brain is forced to make connections, it will become healthier and more efficient at working. Even small changes, like taking a new route to work can make a difference. Always introduce yourself to new experiences and do not be afraid of change!
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