6 Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Management Strategies

Having Alzheimer’s disease as well as caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be challenging, especially due to the changes in behavior and personality. It not only affects our memory but also your stress coping ability. The people suffering from Alzheimer’s get stressed with the symptoms, and the carers can feel tired and stressed due to the symptoms. 

If you are a caregiver, you have to be patient whenever the patients are having eating and sleeping difficulties, hallucinations and wandering off.  It’s important that you understand the reason for their behavioral issues so that you’ll know better how to manage them.  

We are all going to get old, so it is important that you are aware of how to prevent and how to manage Alzheimer’s disease. 

Regular Exercise

Aside from reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s it actually promotes good blood circulation, especially to your brain. Dancing, regular walking, simple seated exercise are the best stress relievers to patients and to the caregiver. 

Mental Stimulation 

They say that if you continue to learn new things and challenge your brain, you can lessen the possibilities of having Alzheimer’s disease. It is also actually helpful even to those who have it. You can have them try to remember the past or what they have done a few minutes ago.

Relaxing Sleep 

Taking a hot bath. Listening to relaxing music and dim lights promote relaxation. A regular schedule of going to bed and getting up send a powerful signal to the brain that helps your body to restore and regenerate while sleeping. 

Healthy Diet

Alzheimer’s is also called “Diabetes of the Brain”. You can cut down on sugar and refined foods that can increase in blood sugar which inflames your brain. It is also suggested to intake foods rich in Omega-3 fats. In addition to that, eating foods with antioxidant properties and rich in vitamins can make your brain healthy too. 

Identify The Cause 

If you are caring for a person with Alzheimer’s you should identify what stimulates their behavior. Be alert on their body language and how they respond to such a situation. 

Calm Environment

Reduce potential stressors by a simple modification on the patient’s environment. Remove anything that can cause disorientation and agitation. Also, the caregiver should also respond to the patient’s behavior calmly. Try to be more patient and relaxed. If you feel anxious, try to cool down first. 

Written by Stuart Bold
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