Tips for a healthy life with Alzheimer’s patients
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, know that you are not alone.The road ahead will include good days and bad days, but the point is
Lead a healthier lifestyle
It can help you prepare for life and focus your energy on the things that are most important to you.
Live Healthy living with Alzheimer’s disease It involves examining the effects that have affected your experience with dementia. The health benefits associated with maintaining physical, emotional, social, and mental health may help improve your daily life.
Take care of your health
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help you receive a diagnosis for as long as possible. Studies have shown that light to moderate physical activity may help delay or slow down the decline in thinking ability, reduce stress, may help improve depression symptoms, and may even reduce the risk of falls. Some evidence also suggests that exercise can directly benefit brain cells by increasing blood and oxygen flow. There is stronger evidence that exercise can protect brain health through proven cardiovascular system benefits.Before starting a new treatment, be sure to consult your doctor Daily exercise.
A kind Balanced diet It has not been proven to be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s symptoms, but the best evidence currently shows that heart-healthy eating patterns such as the Mediterranean diet may also help protect the brain. The Mediterranean diet includes relatively little red meat and emphasizes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fish and shellfish, nuts, olive oil, and other healthy fats.
Caring for your emotional and mental health
Receiving a serious diagnosis like Alzheimer’s disease involves accepting changes in your emotional state, so let yourself experience a range of emotions. One of the most important things you can do is to talk about your feelings with someone you trust, such as your spouse, partner, close friend, pastor or counselor. Sometimes, when you learn to adapt to life with disease and cope with feelings of difficulty, different perspectives may help.
“Studies have shown that as you age, making healthy lifestyle choices helps keep your brain and body healthy. Whether you are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease , Making healthy choices is the key to a healthy life.
— Melanie Smith, Director of Nursing and Support, Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
Although there is no conclusive evidence that brain exercise can slow or reverse cognitive decline, learning new information, attending classes, or challenging yourself to try new hobbies or activities may help increase your brain activity. Certain types of mental exercise may have additional benefits, allowing you to connect with others socially, which may also improve your mental health.
Care about your social health
Strong interpersonal relationships and active social networks will have an impact on your health. Establishing a support network with others in the early stages can help normalize your experience, reduce the impact of stigma and improve your quality of life.
At first, you may hesitate to participate in social activities because of fear of making mistakes or communication difficulties. Consider engaging in activities that you like or are very satisfying, so you can overcome the hesitation.You can also find
Early Social Participation Project
Care about your mental health
Enhancing your spiritual life can help you cope with challenging feelings, find meaning in your diagnosis and live more deeply. Some people find their spiritual core in nature through church or connection with their spiritual community. Others find the essence of self through solitary activities such as meditation, yoga, or prayer that calm the mind. Still others have found it through the love of family and friends, through contact with those who provide understanding and acceptance, or just being with them.
By letting yourself understand the disease, formulating effective coping strategies and planning for the future, you can lay a solid foundation for dealing with the new challenges and changes in the future. Importantly, these healthy behaviors are also important for people caring for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. As a caregiver, It’s important to practice your own self-care and make sure you also have a network that supports your own well-being.
Resources, support, and information are readily available-24 hours a day, 7 days a week-in alz.org/delval, Or through the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline 800-272-3900.
As the world’s largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Alzheimer’s Association is committed to accelerating global progress in new therapies, prevention, and ultimate cures.