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Seniors Can Fight Alzheimer's with a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by Dawn Owens on Apr 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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While researchers continue their quest to pinpoint the perfect course of treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, they say the best advice they currently have to stave off Alzheimer’s is to live a healthy lifestyle. Making good lifestyle choices still seems to be the best way to help prevent or reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Living healthy means taking care of your body. Stay active, remain social, eat right, don’t smoking, and drink alcohol in moderation. Keep up with your regular doctor’s visits, and practice proper medication management. Research has shown that if your body is its healthiest, your mind will be its healthiest as well.

Living healthy means taking care of your mind. Read daily, listen to music, or take classes at a local college. Studies have shown that reading and writing can help to boost cognitive abilities. Music therapy has long been used to help seniors who have Alzheimer’s to help calm their emotions and help them to communicate better.

5 million adults in the United States are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. One day, we will have a cure for this terrible disease. But until that cure is found, the best thing seniors can do is take care of themselves.

 

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Dawn Owens

Written by: Dawn Owens

Dawn has been part of the Cottage family for over 10 years. She comes from a strong background in mental health care, with a certification in crisis intervention. Dawn has two daughters, Alika and Ava. She enjoys walking, scrapbooking, and playing softball.