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Tips on Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease for Seniors in Jenkintown, PA

Promoting good physical and mental health is key to reducing your loved one's likelihood of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Our non-medical home care services help seniors in Jenkintown, Ambler, Philadelphia, Abington, Horsham, Hatboro and surrounding communities in Eastern Montgomery County, PA stick to healthy regimens in familiar surroundings.

Alzheimer's disease affects almost 6 million people in the US alone. It is a cognitive condition that progresses over time and manifests itself with severe memory loss and mental deterioration. Older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer's may be able to say independent in the early stages of the illness, but as their condition worsens, they need professional non-medical home care services from reliable agencies like Visiting Angels Jenkintown to remain safely at home. However, some lifestyle changes can help minimize the risk of developing this debilitating condition.

Mental Stimulation

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. By staying mentally stimulated, your loved one can boost cognitive functions, keep their brain sharp and greatly minimize the likelihood of Alzheimer's. For example, your mom or dad can learn a new language or how to play an instrument they always liked or try to get better at something they already enjoy. Additionally, they can play strategy games, solve puzzles or riddles or opt to practice memorization. At Visiting Angels Jenkintown, our non-medical home care services include companion care, which can provide your loved one with meaningful companionship as they engage in activities to boost their mental health.

Regular Exercise

With a regular low-impact exercise regimen, your parent will not only improve their cholesterol and blood pressure, maintain a healthy weight and boost their overall health, but they can also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's by up to 50 percent, according to the Alzheimer's Research & Prevention Foundation. Regular physical activity is known to promote better brain functioning, so make sure to encourage your mom or dad to take on a senior-friendly exercise of their choice. Encourage your loved one to follow a regimen of at least 150 minutes a week that will comprise of cardio and strength exercises combined with balance and coordination activities. In addition, our non-medical home care services include providing transportation to gyms, community centers and other places where your loved one can get their weekly exercise.

Eating A Healthy Diet

Another way to help your loved one avoid Alzheimer's is to make sure they eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet. If you find yourself short on time, you can always count on our non-medical home care services and work with them on a customized meal planning and preparation plan for your parent. A dedicated professional can cook healthy meals and make certain your loved one eats more fruits and vegetables, consumes plenty of foods rich in omega-3 fats, avoids processed foods, trans fats or eating too many sweets, stays well-hydrated and refrains from alcoholic beverages.

Staying Socially Active

When we speak about preventing Alzheimer's, we also need to mention that staying socially connected can make a huge difference for your loved one's brain health and social well-being. With this in mind, consider encouraging your loved one to see their friends more often or join a local senior club. You can even show them how to use popular social media platforms to communicate with loved ones. In addition, our non-medical home care services include services that help seniors stay socially engaged. Our caregivers can have meaningful conversations with your loved one, take them to senior centers, help them learn how to use social media and more.

Restful Sleep

Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule can also minimize the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Poor sleep can lead to higher levels of beta-amyloid, which is a brain-clogging protein that can further interfere with sleep. Sticking to a regular sleep schedule can help your loved one flush out brain toxins.

Creating a relaxing bedtime ritual and removing televisions and computers from the bedroom can make it easier for your loved one to fall asleep. You should also encourage your loved one to avoid taking naps as much as possible, engage in relaxing habits to quiet any inner chatter and get screened for sleep apnea.

At Visiting Angels Jenkintown, our non-medical home care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means that our caregivers can help your loved one relax before going to sleep, help them get into bed and make sure they don't wander around at night.

Stress Management

Constant stress can cause shrinkage in a key memory area in your loved one's brain, interfere with nerve cell growth and increase their risk of developing Alzheimer's. That's why it's important for your loved one to develop healthy stress management techniques. Simple activities like meditating, doing yoga, taking a nice bath or taking deep breaths can help your loved one feel more relaxed and reduce their stress.

To learn more about our non-medical home care services and how we help your loved one, please call our Jenkintown, PA office today. We are happy to help!

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