In order to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other age related disorders, you need to keep your body fit and healthy. Regular exercise is essential for every part of your body. Increasing your heart rate and breathing ensures a steady oxygen supply to all of your body, including your brain.
The best way to prevent memory loss is to keep using your mind. Regular exercise is not just for your body. Try crossword puzzles or Sudoku. Read every day, even if it’s just the paper, it is stimulating your mind.
Another way of stimulating your mind is to keep interested in current events. Keep up with the local neighbourhood news by reading the local newspaper. Become involved with local groups. There are senior citizens clubs, township groups, local schools or church volunteer groups and you can always find a housebound, older neighbour that would appreciate a visitor. Sports clubs have supporters groups and you could sign up on the internet for whatever subject takes your interest.
Nutrition is essential to an active, healthy mind. Sometimes people believe they have Alzheimer’s disease when it is a nutritional deficiency. As our bodies age, sometimes they are less efficient at using the vitamins in our food. Check regularly with your doctor for tests and if you are low in any element, your doctor will be able to prescribe a vitamin supplement.
Stress aggravates many health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease. Try to avoid stress, especially long-term stress. Take a little time each day to unwind with some Meditation, yoga, tai chi or just some quiet time is important for your health.
Keep in regular contact with family and friends. Learn to use the internet and make some time each day to keep up with family. The feeling of being involved and a part of our lives is a great encouragement for everyone, not just older family members.
Keep fit, eat well, sleep well and stay interested in life and you will be doing everything possible to avoid Alzheimer’s disease.