Alzheimer's disease affects millions of Americans, and many are trying to figure out ways to diminish their chances of being diagnosed with the disease. Peggy Buchanan, a wellness coordinator at a retirement living community, explained some new ways for elders to stay sharp and stave off dementia, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Diet and exercise are number one. By simply working out, eating fruits and vegetables, and watching for fats can help someone stay healthy longer and prevent progression of dementia. Buchanan related the brain to a gymnasium, because individuals work on one section at a time.
"A crossword impacts our short term focus. But dancing maybe a new activity for you increases oxygen to the brain, stresses coordinated movement," Buchanan told the news source.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, this cognitive disease affects approximately 5.4 million people in the U.S., and that number is only expected to increase dramatically as the baby boomers reach retirement age. This results in the need for improved Alzheimer's care and assisted living facilities that are more accommodating.