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Memory Loss and Nutrition

Nutrition Month

Memory loss can be a result of many factors: level of physical activity, lifestyle, genetics, and environmental reasons.
We have control over the diet we consume, and certain foods can help boost our memory and brain functions Continue Reading →

Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention

Falling among aging adults is the leading cause of injury and death. Falling can be something that can be prevented and less detrimental if precautionary steps are taken. First, here are some Continue Reading →

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?!

What Makes Your Happy?

What makes you happy?

To some, this is a simple question, but to others, it may be one of the most difficult questions to provide an answer to. Why is this? Why is it that we see others laughing and having a wonderful time, but Continue Reading →

Arthritis-Think You May Have it?

Arthritis is caused by inflammation of the tissue lining the joints. With that being said, there are seven types of arthritis, but the two that most commonly occur are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the leading form and normally affects people that are aging. This condition tends to effect Continue Reading →

Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiencies; we all get them, but how important is it really to maintain a healthy level of it?

Extremely! Lack of Vitamin D can lead to weak or soft bones, increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, and potentially cancer.

What is Vitamin D? Continue Reading →

The Relationship Between Stress and Dementia

There is new research on the relationship of stress and dementia which was published in the January issue of Current Opinion of Psychiatry. Rothman Research Institute at Baycres Health Sciences recently conducted a study that found people who experienced chronic stress; including, anxiety, fear and stress were more precursors to dementia. When these psychiatric issues are only occasional and temporary, for example before an exam, they are not harmful. However, when these short-term reactions become chronic (long-term) they can have an impact on one’s health.

Chronic stress can cause a serious impact on your immune and cardiovascular system. Pathological anxiety and chronic stress are associated with increased risk of neuropsychiatric diseases, including depression and dementia. Current research has emphasized interventions such as exercise, mindfulness and cognitive behavior therapy will often help in reducing this type of stress.

There are numerous ways a person can get the right kind of exercise.  A person does not need to become a marathon runner, or super weight trainer to get adequate exercise for their brain health. Some of the best types of exercise is walking and swimming. You do not need to know how to swim as many local gyms have water aerobics where the person who does not swim is supported by a belt that keeps the person afloat. If a person is not able to walk there are numerous exercises one can do from a chair or bed. Check with your local adult activity center to find the right exercise class for you.Stress and depression

Food for Thought

Fun Fact:

Brains do not function properly without well-balanced meals! If one does not eat a well-balanced meal, it could make an individual become forgetful, overly emotional, tongue-tied, and/or light headed! This is common especially amongst teenagers due to their ever evolving nature of their brain at this time. Teenagers are more susceptible to outside influences like stress and depression during this period, as well as those disorders having more of a long-term effect on the brain. This can lead to adult depression and higher stress rates later on in life if not managed properly.

Eating a well-balanced meal can mean different things to individuals; one may believe that a healthy meal is more protein and carb based while another individual may believe that fiber and vegetables is the way to go. So what does a healthy meal consist of really? A healthy heart, and brain, meal as stated by the American Heart Association consists of: A variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes, and non-tropical vegetable oils. An individual should also limit the amounts of saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages that is consumed. If a person chooses to eat red meat, compare labels and select the leanest cuts available.

However, keep in mind that the food guides do change slightly once an individual becomes 65 years of age and older. For example, when a person is younger, he or she can normally eat higher amounts of sugars, sodium, and fat daily; this can lead to a short energy boost, but then feel lethargic afterward. For individuals 65 years of age and older, it is best to completely cut out these food groups because they are more harmful to the brain at this time. For older adults, it is recommended that greater dosages of B vitamins as well as foods and drinks that are full of antioxidants are consumed daily.

Not only does eating well-proportioned meals decrease the risk of heart related diseases, but it also enables an individual to function properly on a day-to-day basis. A person’s mood will improve, their stress level will be lowered, exercise will be easier to get through, and many more added benefits are all a product of healthy eating. The term “brain food” is not necessarily a joke; it really does make a difference what we put into our bodies! The old adage of “put good in, get good out” is quite fitting for this scenario. When we put healthy, nutrient dense food into our bodies, it will be processed and distributed throughout the body accordingly, and will enable individuals to function and accomplish tasks at a higher level of productivity.