I started thinking my mom was “not quite right” when in one phone call, she told me the same story 4 times. That was a year ago. She’s going to be 95 this October and she’s bedridden in a nursing home in Puerto Rico and her condition was completely preventable. As I do more research on healthy aging for Holistic Health Solutions, I’m finding that more conditions like dementia and alzheimer’s may be preventable if certain steps are taken and certain things are caught early.
Have you ever walked into a room only to forget why you went there?
Or have you forgotten someone’s name who you see often?
Sure we can joke and say we had a “senior moment”, but the thought of “losing my mind” scares me.
I’m 63 and I have my own business as a marketing consultant and coach. I could lose the use of my legs, hands, sight, hearing or even voice and I can still function in my business somehow. But lose my mind? That’s it. I’m single with no kids to take care of me. I’d be a burden to my friends and church.
“…the increasing mid-life rates of obesity and associated ill-health are projected to lead to a 9% increase in dementia in the USA.” ~The Lancet Commission
First, we need to determine what are the high-risk symptoms for dementia and Alzheimer’s. Early intervention for:
The existence of potentially modifiable risk factors does not mean that all dementia is preventable or make it more treatable once established. ~The Lancet Commission
We are all getting older.
That’s a fact of nature. However, how we age — healthy aging — is a choice we can make and it’s never to late.
Here are some Healthy Aging steps that you can take to help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Quit smoking
- Lose weight
- Stop eating junk and focus on the Mediterranean Diet
- Keep your brain active by learning new things like a new language or a new hobby
- Exercise regularly – go walking every day and join a gym for strength training
- Get active socially
- Reduce inflammation
- Get tested for hypertension and diabetes