Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects 1 in 10 adults over the age of 65. Dementia is characterized by the gradual and progressive loss of memory, thought, and mental abilities. The World Health Organization defines dementia as a syndrome in which there is deterioration in behavior, thinking, memory and the ability to carry out everyday activities.
Thanks to advances in medicine, we’re able to live longer, but as we age, our brain deteriorates and our chances of suffering from a neurodegenerative disease increases.
There is no known way to prevent dementia. There are however some measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of developing dementia, slowing cognitive decline, and improving cognitive functions. While you may not be able to do anything to prevent dementia, there are ways to start different mental strategies that allow us to improve cognitive reserve and compensate for cognitive deterioration. Living a healthy life can keep your brain healthy for a longer time and help prevent or delay dementia.
What can we do to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia?
1. You are what you eat
Have you ever heard the phrase “you are what you eat”? In the case of dementia, it rings true. Keeping a healthy and balanced diet is very important for preventing or delaying dementia.
What to do: Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, which have been shown to have high amounts of antioxidants which help protect neurons. Foods rich in omega-3 can also help fight against dementia, as well as vitamin B6, which can be found in liver, chicken, fish, potatoes, and fruits, also decreases cognitive decline.