Alzheimer’s is the number one most feared disease amongst the elderly. It can strike anyone after the age of 60. It occurs in the brain and is caused by degerated neural structures. Alzheimer’s strikes once there are a number of senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles.
Exercise has been shown to decrease occurrence and severity of alzheimer symptoms. Exercise turns on protective genes in the brain (Tanzi, R). It also clears senile plaques which slows the aging process in the brain.
Aside from exercise, there is a connection between diet and Alzheimer’s.
Studies have shown, carnivores are more likely to develop Alzheimer symptoms. Eating less red meat, foods with additives, saturated fats, and sugar improves the bodies ability to function, especially in old age. It is recommended a Mediterranean like diet is more beneficial when it comes to maintaining wellness during the aging process. Also, certain vitamin and mineral supplements are recommended to stave off Alzheimers.
Lastly – one of the characteristics to pre-dementia is short-term memory loss. How can we avoid this? Sleep is an important part of the recovery, regeneration process for everyone – including seniors. Our short-term memory becomes stored into our long-term memory files (in the frontal cortex) during SWS or slow wave sleep. Thus, it is important to get adequate sleep to allow for not only our body but also our brain to regenerate.
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