An Ounce of Prevention
We’ve all heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This sentiment could not be more applicable to Alzheimer’s disease. While there are medical interventions that can slow the progression of the disease, there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s. Physicians and researchers alike agree that the most effective focus for Alzheimer’s care is on preventative rather than curative measures.
Let’s review four research-backed factors that may harm your brain.
Holistic Factors that Can Harm the Mind
Lack of Stimulation
Whether you're talking about your muscles or your brain, if you don't exercise something, it inevitably atrophies. When older adults are committed to staying engaged with education and learning, the risk of dementia is reduced by 75%. These cognitively stimulating activities include baking, gardening, crossword puzzles, games, staying current on current events, or reading.
Lack of Social Engagement
It's been said that the power of the community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic, or hospital. Studies have found that the higher the level of social interaction, the better cognitive function individuals have. Social interaction keeps the brain sharp and stimulates the mind. In addition to the mental benefits, research shows that strong social ties boost longevity and lowers blood pressure.
A recent study concluded that people with at least five social connections were less likely to experience cognitive decline than those without social ties. These social ties could include a religious community, a weekly bingo night, being part of a pickleball league, or having regular conversations with friends and family. Individuals with no regular social connections experience an independent risk factor for cognitive decline.
Poor Gut Microbiome
The gut is often called the second brain, essential in nervous system function. In fact, microbiome issues correlate with autism, depression, and anxiety. On the other hand, a good microbiome may increase neurologically protective factors. When gut microbes and their DNA are out of whack, individuals often crave sugary foods to feed the troublemaking microbes. This induces a vicious cycle of increased cravings and strengthens bad microbes.
Quality sleep is considered a functional medicine panacea. It impacts every area of physical and mental health!
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Evidence-based care is a huge priority for us at HarborView Senior Assisted Living (as well as at our sister sites, MesaView Senior Assisted Living, RanchView Senior Assisted Living, and BayView Senior Assisted Living), and we hope you appreciated diving into some research on brain health with us.