As with any chronic disease, the elderly can take measures to reduce their risk of developing dementia. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of aged home care in Perth, suggest these ways to help promote your ageing loved one’s cognitive health.
Keep the Brain Sharp
Regular use of the brain may help prevent your loved one from developing dementia. There are multiple ways to continue learning and stimulate the brain. For example, puzzles such as crosswords or Sudoku may increase cognitive function. Memorization activities can strengthen the memory. Taking a new route to a family member’s house can create new brain pathways.
Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
There may be a correlation between cardiovascular disease and dementia. One study determined 80 percent of people with dementia also had a cardiovascular disease. Reducing blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol may decrease the risk of developing dementia.
Exercise has cardiovascular benefits, which means getting more physical activity may prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce your loved one’s risk of dementia. In addition, it is believed exercise may directly improve brain function by increasing blood and oxygen blood flow to this area. A dementia caregiver in Perth can help your loved one maintain a regular exercise routine.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Following a heart-healthy diet may also decrease the risk of dementia. Reducing sugar and saturated fat intake and increasing the amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the diet canhelp maintain normal blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. This may have an indirect effect on dementia prevention.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Getting adequate sleep may be protective to the brain. Sleep deprivation can be a risk factor for dementia and many other chronic diseases. Adequate sleep routines such as going to bed and getting up at similar times each day are also important in dementia prevention.
If you are concerned about your loved one developing dementia, Home Care Assistance can help. With Perth part-time care or live-in care, your loved one can participate in the brain-boosting activities used in the Cognitive Therapeutics Method. All of our caregivers are trained in this revolutionary program, which helps slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.For more information, call one of our experienced Care Managers at [hca_phone] to schedule a free in-home consultation.