Friday, March 21, 2014

Brain Activities to Fight Alzheimer's

Dementia and Alzheimer's are very severe diseases that affect the brain, and prevent many activities while doing harm to a person's memories. While there is no way to completely remove the possibility of these diseases, there are activities that you can perform to decrease the risk of getting either dementia or Alzheimer's.

Being mentally active throughout life can be the biggest deterrent to having symptoms of these disorders, but why? Studies have shown that the brain develops plaque over time that will clog certain sections of the brain, thus causing the symptoms that are commonly associated with Alzheimer's. Reading and writing are great ways to maintain a high level of mental acuity, because these activities can use both parts of your brain to accomplish them. Even if you don't believe yourself to be creative, the simple act of putting words on a page can be very beneficial. 

Word and number puzzles such as sudoku or crosswords are a fantastic way to maintain mental health. These and many other games stimulate the memory and problem solving parts of the brain, which are typically the first that show signs of distress when a person has Alzheimer's. Because of this fact, these games have been seen to make the brain healthier, and ultimately stay healthier longer. If you're bold enough, completing a crossword while running on a treadmill is doubly effective, as physical exercise has been well documented to stimulate mental health.

Always try to find time in the day for a little mental exercise, because as you age those parts of the brain will be the first to feel distress. While those who have existing symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's won't likely see a reversal, these activities can still help them in preventing a worsening of their situation. In home care professionals will make sure that your elders are mentally stimulated and fulfilled; we want them to live healthy and well.