In the United States, one in three seniors dies from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. This neurological crisis in the aging population is rapidly increasing, with deaths from Alzheimer’s in Colorado increasing 126% since 2000.
While these Alzheimer's facts are alarming, steps for Alzheimer's disease prevention are being discovered.
Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D., is a leading neurologist and four-time New York Times bestselling author on brain health. His Alzheimer's research has indicated that inflammation is linked to an increased risk of the disease.
Alzheimer's disease prevention can be strengthened by embracing these healthy habits, promoted by Dr. Perlmutter.
- Eat a diet of moderate to low carbohydrate consumption and increase your intake of healthy fats from fish, nuts, seeds, and olive oil.
- Prioritize 15-20 minutes of aerobic exercise every day to support your brain’s growth hormone, BDNF.
- Consume at least 1000 mg of omega-3 DHA daily.
Associate medical director of clinical trials at the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Gad Marshall, concurs and encourages a consistent exercise routine, and a diet rich in good fats. Some additional Alzheimer's disease prevention practices he emphasizes are getting adequate sleep, learning new things to keep your brain active, and connecting socially.
While these preventative measures are promising, for some of our loved ones, preventative care is no longer relevant.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, establishing a routine, continuing familiar activities, and engaging in a consistent lifestyle that stimulates the brain and body are important to managing the disease.
With BrightStar Care® Fort Collins/Loveland’s specialized approach to caring for those with Alzheimer’s, we prioritize familiarity, consistency, and dignity-centered care. This one-of-a-kind Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program, “BrightStar Connections,” is founded upon cultivating the following lifestyle for your loved one:
- Live with dignity and purpose safely and securely in their own home.
- Enjoy optimal health and emotional well-being.
- Maintain connections to the people, places, things, and memories that matter most to them.
If you need support as you care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s but don’t want to take them out of their familiar settings, call us today at 970-667-7778. We’re here to support you, so you can focus on staying present with them.