Christmas family gatherings are great opportunities for discussing the needs of loved ones in our lives, and taking steps to plan lifestyle changes in the new year. Good lifestyle choices are proven to slow the progression of dementias in older adults. Alzheimer’s disease continues to steal memories in alarming numbers. With 10,000 people turning 65 every day for the next two decades, it’s not surprising Baby Boomers now fear memory loss more than cancer, heart disease or stroke.
But there is good news!
Research shows conclusively that five basic lifestyle choices can delay or even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease:
- Exercise regularly
- Sleep well
- Maintain strong social contacts
- Watch what you eat by avoiding processed foods, eating more fruits and vegetables, and consuming foods rich in Omega fatty acids
- Stimulate your mind by constantly learning new things and playing games
Perth Enrichment Program for Older Adults makes it easier to incorporate all five of these lifestyle modifications into the life of a frailer older adult by offering therapy based day programs that incorporate physical activation, stimulating group activities, nutritional assessments and instruction, and games and activities aimed at promoting greater cognitive health and ability.