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Reducing the Risk Of Alzheimer's for Seniors in the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Areas of California

Family members or professional in-home care providers can help seniors in Santa Cruz, Marina and Scotts Valley, CA minimize the risk of getting diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease by encouraging healthy lifestyle changes

Alzheimer's disease is a major health concern for older adults as the condition is progressive, incurable, and requires high levels of care in its later stages, usually provided by local memory care facilities or a professional in-home care provider.

However, with certain lifestyle changes and daily routines, your mom or dad can lower the likelihood of developing this debilitating cognitive condition. At Visiting Angels Central Coast, our caregivers can encourage your loved one to develop healthy habits so they can maintain their independence.

Staying Mentally Stimulated

Older adults who regularly engage in fun, mentally stimulating activities can exercise grey cells and keep their brain healthy, significantly reducing the risk of cognitive decline. In a National Institute of Health (NIH) ACTIVE study, seniors who engaged in at least 10 sessions of mental training improved their cognitive functioning months after the training and showed long-lasting improvements a decade later.

For example, your loved one can improve their cognitive functioning by opting to learn a new skill or a craft, getting better at a hobby they already enjoy, practicing memorization or playing strategy games. A professional in-home care provider from Visiting Angels Central Coast can provide meaningful companionship while your loved one participates in their favorite mentally stimulating activities.

Exercising Regularly

For those who wish to ward off the risk of Alzheimer's, staying physically fit is just as important as staying mentally stimulated. In fact, according to the Alzheimer's Research & Prevention Foundation, regularly exercising can reduce a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's by up to 50 percent!

By putting in at least 150 minutes of weekly exercise and opting for cardio and strength training, your parent can improve their cholesterol, weight and blood pressure, which are all major risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.

Our caregivers can help your loved one go to the gym or local community center so they can have an environment to exercise in. We can also remind them to exercise in case they forget.

Eating A Well-Balanced Diet

Your loved one's diet is more important in reducing the risk of Alzheimer's than you might think. If you do not have enough time to personally cook and make healthy meals for your mom or dad, consider working with a local in-home care provider from Visiting Angels Central Coast.

Our professional caregivers can plan and prepare healthy weekly menus, make sure your parent avoids unhealthy foods saturated in trans fats, sugar and salt, and ensure they eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fats. As alcohol can contribute to raising the risk of Alzheimer’s, your loved one might want to consider avoiding alcoholic beverages.

Staying Socially Active

Socialization is another factor that helps keep our brains active and healthy. Encourage your parent to meet with their friends more often, join a local senior-friendly club or a support group, or volunteer with local organizations. Your loved one can also use social media and the internet to stay in touch with you and other important people in their life.

In addition to providing transportation to senior center and other places where older adults can socialize, our in-home care providers can also help your loved one learn how to use social media and other digital platforms through our Social Care program.

Getting Enough Rest

Research has shown that sleeping issues are not only a symptom of Alzheimer's, but that they can potentially present a risk factor too. By sticking to certain sleeping habits such as always going to bed at the same time, removing distracting objects such as TV or computer from the bedroom, and avoiding daytime naps, your loved one can stay well-rested and avoid Alzheimer's.

Our services can be adjusted to fit your loved one's schedule. So if you need a professional in-home care provider to make sure your loved one relaxes before bed and doesn't wander around at night we'll be there.

Practice Stress Management

Adequately managing stress is also significant for reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease. To relieve stress, your mom or dad can incorporate relaxing techniques into their daily routine like meditation or spending time in nature, remember to take deep breaths when they feel stressed, and make more time for fun activities.

Call our Scotts Valley, CA office today and learn how our professional in-home care providers can help your loved one improve their quality of life, minimize the risk of cognitive conditions and stay independent for longer. We are here for you!

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