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The bad news is that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have reached epidemic levels. Furthermore, there’s no tried and true way of preventing dementia. In fact, experts believe that cognitive decline is at least sometimes, the result of factors that can’t be changed including aging, genetics and environment.

The good news, however, is that there’s evidence that living a healthy lifestyle might reduce or slow down cognitive decline. It also, of course, helps lessens the likelihood of strokes and heart attacks which are of themselves, risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

For instance, research shows that exercise increases blood and oxygen flow in the brain while also having a positive impact on cardiovascular health.

Heart-healthy eating also helps protect the brain. Two specific diets that are being studied for their brain-health benefits are the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Mediterranean diet. Both promote eating veggies, fruits, whole grains, fish, poultry, nuts, and seeds.

Some ways of deterring the development of Alzheimer’s are downright enjoyable. Social connections and interaction are thought to diminish the likelihood of developing dementia. Alzheimers.net recommends you exercise your brain in ways including learning a new language, doing puzzles and participating in other challenging games and activities.

Laughter has many health benefits, including keeping the brain engaged and perhaps aids in dementia prevention. Additionally, meditation has brain-boosting benefits, including slowing the aging rate of the brain.

Fortunately, all the healthy lifestyle opportunities thought to help fight dementia, are promoted within Monarch Landing, from countless fitness opportunities, and abundant social and educational programming to healthy, well-balanced dining options, and more.

For residents of our memory support assisted living community, we provide personalized care, and have embraced Heartfelt Connections, our comprehensive memory support program based on the latest research and best practices.

Staff and residents from Monarch Landing and The Springs at Monarch Landing are taking an active role in fighting Alzheimer’s as they will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Naperville on September 16th.  This annual event raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Support our team by clicking here.