- Get Educated, Continue Learning
According to an article in New York Times, white persons who are at least high school graduates and living in suburbs have less cases of dementia. Likewise, another study among Afro-Americans in Indianapolis showed that those who are high school graduates have the least number of dementia cases.
These studies infer that there are benefits from keeping our brain active through continued learning.
- Be Physically Active, Burn Calories
Exercise has its benefit on mental health, too, according to Today Health & Wellness. When we burn more calories daily, we are cutting our chances of getting dementia. The study showed that the most active seniors have significantly lower risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease in the next five years.
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- Healthy Diet, Add More Healthy Fats
Healthy fats in particular are said to be a good fuel for the brain. The key here is to go with unprocessed sources of fat and eat them in moderation.
Sources of healthy fats—like essential fatty acids and unsaturated fats—include fish, avocado, and nuts.
Even saturated fat, which has long been believed to cause heart diseases if not taken in moderation, has its purpose in the brain’s function. Surprisingly, one study showed that having more saturated fat can lessen the changes of developing dementia by 36 percent.
- Monitor Your Blood Pressure, Keep It Normal
High salt intake, obesity, excessive drinking of alcohol, and even smoking can raise one’s blood pressure. If uncontrolled, a high blood pressure can damage blood vessels. People who suffer a stroke can then develop vascular dementia.
- Manage Stress, Keep It Easy
There are evidences that showed a connection between stress and the development of certain diseases, likely resulting from the release of cortisol, the stress hormone in the body. According to Mercola, stress can speed up older adults’ short-term memory loss and even trigger the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
At this point, it is but apropos to reiterate that stressing over the prospect of developing dementia is counter-productive. Although there is no cure yet for dementia, early intervention through lifestyle changes may delay its onset.
– Jermaine delos Santos