Memory lapses and memory loss symptoms do not always lead to Alzheimer’s disease. The latest research points to specific lifestyle “interventions” that promote brain health and can even potentially slow the progression of cognitive decline in seniors with a range of memory issues, even those with Alzheimer’s. It can be as little as finding a balance of a healthy diet, engaging activities and regular socialization.
These lifestyle improvements are especially beneficial for individuals experiencing the early symptoms of memory loss. The medical community refers that term to be Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). MCI can affect daily functioning such as remembering to take medications or pay bills, or forgetting or mixing up names and faces.
Brain Healthy Programs in Assisted Living for Seniors
While those affected by MCI can often stay living at home with minor assistance, many individuals thrive and even improve in an assisted living community, such as the ones at Senior Living Residences. Services can be designed to promote brain health for residents, even those who are not experiencing early memory loss. Through brain healthy cuisine, heart-healthy exercise regimes, medication reminders, and engaging and stimulating activities, senior communities can offer a wealth of practical, fun and tasty preventive possibilities. Diet can especially play a role, and recent large-scale studies show that incorporating the Mediterranean diet can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
[Learn about Senior Living Residences’ award-winning Brain Healthy Cooking program, a research-based nutrition program inspired by the documented connection between diet and brain health.]
Research highlights exercise as even more beneficial for cognitive health. In fact, studies find regular exercise can delay the onset. Additionally, it reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and even the more frail elders can benefit. So-called “brain-boosting” exercise programs can incorporate yoga, cardiovascular and strength training. Engaging in daily music, art, education, exercise and spiritual programs also can be helpful.