Diet and Alzheimer’s

Recent studies have suggested that there is a link between what we eat and the development of Alzheimer’s. A study conducted at Lavel University in Quebec suggested that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in saturated fats may just decrease the risk of developing this currently incurable form of dementia. The test, conducted on mice, found that those who were fed a diet high in fat and low in omega-3s developed several increased markers for Alzheimer’s in their brain.

Elderly Care Henrietta NY - Diet and Alzheimer’s

Elderly Care Henrietta NY – Diet and Alzheimer’s

Another study, conducted at UC Irvine, revealed that Alzheimer’s prone mice that were fed large amounts of vitamin B3 in their drinking water performed well on memory and cognitive tests while those that did not receive the vitamin showed the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s.

Diet and Your Elderly Parent

While this doesn’t mean that you should rush out and purchase large quantities of supplements for your elderly parent, it does illustrate the importance of diet. One diet that corresponds to these findings is the Mediterranean diet. This diet became popular when researchers discovered lower levels of chronic diseases as well as higher levels of life expectancy in the area of Crete, Greece and southern Italy. It is a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, nuts, seeds, olive oil and garlic. Fish provides the omega-3 fatty acids and whole grains are rich in vitamin B-complex.

The Mediterranean diet isn’t all about food; it also incorporates the lifestyle associated with this region. This includes leading a stress-free life, making meal time a relaxed occasion shared with good company and including physical activity into the daily life.

Health Benefits

This diet has been shown to decrease cognitive decline and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, it also protects against type 2 diabetes and prevents heart disease and strokes.

Elderly Care Provider

If your elderly parent is suffering from the affects of Alzheimer’s or simply requires assistance with the daily activities of living, consider obtaining the services of an elderly care provider. They have cared for countless seniors facing numerous diseases and understand the unique needs that each condition brings. In addition to helping with bathing, dressing and light housekeeping, they also do the grocery shopping and return to prepare healthy meals that are then shared with your parent. They can accompany your parent on daily walks or provide the needed transportation to exercise classes. They offer support and companionship, helping your parent live a well-balanced life in their elder years.

Resources:  http://www.seniorbrains.com/untangling-the-alzheimers-brain/
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/diets/the-mediterranean-diet.htm

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in Henrietta NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)