Over the years, desperate statements from medical research teams have made the world believe that once you show signs of Alzheimer’s disease, there is little you can do to about the condition. Not anymore because current research has revealed that there are several things a person living with early onset Alzheimer’s disease can do to slow progression of the disease. Here are six ways to slow down Alzheimer’s disease.
According to ARPF or (Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation) physical exercises minimizes the danger of developing this disease by fifty percent. Here are important tips that can help you get started and stick to your exercise plan:
• Do aerobic exercises five times a week for at least 30 min per day. Swimming, walking, laundry, gardening and cleaning all amount to exercise so long as their intensity increases your heart rate.
• Undertake balance and coordination exercises like yoga, Tai Chi, balance balls and balance discs
• Build muscles through lifting moderate weights and other forms of resistance training to pump up your brain.
• Hang on for more than 21 days without skipping daily exercise, as this will help turn exercising into a habit.
Over and above these benefits, exercising also helps you reduce stress, improve your memory, increase your energy levels and boost your mood.
Medical experts say that glial cells can be very helpful in removing toxins and debris that contribute to Alzheimer from the brain. This means you have to eat such foods as soy products, green tea, ginger, fatty fish and all forms of berries that inhibit properties that may keep these crucial cells from damage. Your brain, just like the rest of the body, needs a specific and proper diet to work well. You should therefore plan to eat a lot of healthy fats, fresh fruit, lean protein, and vegetables.
- Learn more about a Mediterranean diet and subscribe to it.
- Keep off from saturated fats and Trans fats.
- Maintain a diet that supports the health of your heart.
- Include lots of Omega 3 in your diet.
- Instead of taking three huge meals, break it down to four to six small ones across the day.
- Eat vegetables and fruits across the rainbow.
- Take some well-done steaming cups of tea every day.
People who challenge themselves to learn new things every now and then are less likely to become victims of Alzheimer’s disease. You should therefore make resolve to take up this challenge. Some things that you can do to stimulate your brain may include;
- Learning a sign language; learn foreign language; learn a musical instrument;
- Read a good book or informative newspaper articles
- Adopt a new hobby.
- You can also embark on the practice of memorization.
- Do riddles and puzzle games.
- Practice asking yourself the; Who? What? Where? When & Why? questions from you own experiences on a daily basis
- Do unusual things like eating with your less dominant hand etc.
On an average, you are supposed to take at least 8 hours of sound sleep every night. This is because the human brain needs consistent and proper sleep to be able to function to its required capacity. Lack of enough sleep will only leave you feeling tired, cranky and impaired in your thought process. To achieve this you therefore need to;
- Come up with an organized sleep timetable that is observed without compromise.
- Master the art of napping.
- Set the bedroom mood by keeping your bed exclusively for sex and sleep.
- Remove gadgets like computers or television from the bedroom.
- Come up with a bed time ritual to help you relax as you head on to catch sleep. This can include doing some easy stretches, taking a hot bath writing a journal or even dimming the lights.
- Tone down your inner chatter. Anxiety, stress and negative inner dialogue can easily rob you of sleep and keep you awake most of the night. When in this state, you can quieten it by getting out of bed and moving to the next room where you can relax with an easy book for say 20 minute before you resume.
Owing to the fast pace of modern life stress has become every man and woman’s nightmare. If unchecked, stress can shrink part of your brain better termed as the hippocampus. This negative development can hamper the growth of your nerve cells thereby increasing the risk of being afflicted by Alzheimer. To manage your stress levels you can do the following:
- Learn the art of breathing. Respond to your stress by taking three deep, abdominal breaths.
- Have an organized daily schedule of relaxation activities.
- Nourish your inner peace through observations like prayer, meditation, reflection and the like.
As senior social creatures, human beings cannot do well in isolation. Therefore living contrary to this social need will do much to expose you to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. To be socially active, you can do the following;
- Actively interact on social media.
- Join a social group or club.
- Sign up for group classes.
- Volunteer for community service.
- Know your neighbors well.
- Make several phone calls or email mutual friends on a regular basis.
- Visit parks, museums; go to movies or any other places that allow you unwind.
As mentioned earlier, Alzheimer’s disease is not a condition to dread anymore. Just observe these tips and you can slow down early onset Alzheimer’s Disease For more professional and detailed information simply apply for an EHIC card and reap the benefit of guidance from the real medical experts.