One of the scariest factors about getting older is the thought of not being able to maintain optimal brain function. As we age and experience more instances where we forget names, lose our keys and forget that our glasses are on top of our head, where we left them, anxious thoughts of growing senile begin to pester even the most healthy of among us. Even watching our parents deal with forgetfulness and dementia and needing assisted living care can inspire that fear inside of us. Developing Alzheimer’s or dementia is a common fear of a lot of Americans as we get closer to old age, but luckily we do have a choice in the matter. By adding just a few simple strategies to our diet and lifestyle we can help our brains to stay sharp. If you can remember, try to incorporate these tips into your daily living:
- Stay active. Both mental and physical stimulation encourages brain activity which is the main consideration in keeping in working at its optimal best. Just remember the old adage “Use it or lose it”. When it comes to the brain, nothing truer has ever been said.
- Keep your blood pressure in check. Hypertension has recently been linked to increased risk of both Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. Talk to your doctor about ways to bring that blood pressure down to normal levels.
- Eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These dietary acids have been found to decrease the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease in study participants. Include fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna for natural sources or choose an approved supplement.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that those who eat a diet rich with fruits and veggies experience fewer incidences of dementia. Blueberries are especially effective in supporting brain health.