When it comes to dementia and cognitive decline, one of the most frequently asked questions is – “Can I prevent Alzheimer’s disease?” More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, which has no known cause or cure. No matter your age, mental and physical activities are important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Keeping your brain active is one of the best ways to stave off cognitive decline. Crossword puzzles, video games, brain games, playing an instrument, or learning a new language are great ways to exercise your brain. Because those with dementia often have memories of past events, reading books or listening to music from that era can help them recall their past.
“What’s good for the brain is good for the heart”. Physical activities also help someone living with dementia as they pump blood to the brain and stimulate its processes. Leisurely walks in the sun, gardening, swimming, aerobics, yoga, or just relaxing and meditating can physically benefit those of any age.
Exercise is on the best ways to reduce the risk of decline in thinking and memory while boosting brain power. As previously mentioned, increasing blood flow to your brain helps to keep your brain healthy. Stress, depression, and confusion are symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Getting plenty of exercise helps to combat these symptoms.
If you or your loved one is experiencing dementia, mental and physical activities can help with slow the progress of negative symptoms. Avanti Senior Living’s Mind.Body.Strength program offers a myriad of activities, such as strength training, barre classes, and aerobics for their residents.