Jan 7, 2012

Alzheimer's and a Healthy Brain

If you think you need more energy to perform effectively as a caregiver, and if you want to try something that could improve the quality of life of your dementia care patient, please consider taking the time to read the articles, and then, introduce these healthy brain ideas into your life.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

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A new research study indicates that Cognitive Decline Sets In as Early as Age 45.

This started me thinking about what I decided to do when my mother was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's in 2004. At the time, I started doing an enormous amount of research.

My first big decision was to take my mother into the gym for the first time at age 87. The results were stunning and remarkable. I have written about this many times here on the Alzheimer's Reading Room. Who would have guessed that my mother would enjoy working out on the chest press and shoulder machines in a gym? She still hates the treadmill.

Along the way, I decided she needed lots of bright light, constant socialization and activity. I learned over and over that a person living with Alzheimer's is capable of more than most people can "ever" imagine. To do this day, eight years later my mother continues to surprise and amaze me.

For those of you that have been here reading the last few years, you know that the "outcome" of our program and regimen have been remarkable.

Today, however, I want to revisit two articles that were published here on "brain healthy eating" and the Mediterranean style diet.

Taking care your brain is important. But, there was an additional unintended benefit that came along with introducing healthy eating into our lives -- this style of eating brings with it "extra energy". I think all Alzheimer's caregivers will agree that it takes a lot of energy to care for someone living with dementia.

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The first article I am referring to is entitled, “Brain Healthy Eating” Tips for Baby Boomers in Celebration of National Mediterranean Diet Month.

Here is the headline from the article:

Research tells us that proper nutrition is essential to defending against deterioration due to age and disease. But did you know that by eating a Mediterranean-style brain-healthy diet you can effectively delay the onset or progression of Alzheimer’s disease?

I hope you will take the time to read the article.

The second article is simple and straightforward, What is a Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean diet involves a style of eating based on Southern Mediterranean region such as Italy, Greece and Spain. It incorporates the basics of healthy eating. The main ingredients of this type of diet are fruits, vegetables, grains, cereals, olive oil, dairy products and wine in low to moderate amount. Mediterranean diet is known for offering numerous health benefits.

As I am writing another article comes to mind, Dr Oz on Poop and High Fiber Foods.

This is a very simple, straight forward, article that discusses in brief, high fiber foods like figs that are high in antioxidants and traditionally used to treat constipation. You can get a good list of what to eat from this article.

If you think you need more energy to perform effectively as a caregiver, and if you want to try something that could improve the quality of life of your care patient, please consider taking the time to read the articles, and then, introduce these healthy brain ideas into your life.

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 3,261 articles with more than 402,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room