Do you ever wonder why your siblings look younger and more vibrant than you, yet they’re older! The fact is that only 25% of aging can be attributed to your genetics, and 75% of aging is determined by your lifestyle habits.1
So, it’s important we ask ourselves how we are living? Are we taking the right precautions with our health as we age? Here are 5 things that you can do to slow the aging process and reduce your risk of dementia and memory loss.
1. Maintain a healthy diet
We recommend maintaining the healthy guidelines of the “MIND” diet to reduce dementia and the decline in cognitive function. This diet combines aspects of two very popular diets, the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. Here is some information on the MIND Diet.
2. Maintain a healthy blood pressure
This is often done through diet like the one mentioned above, regular beginner exercises, and upkeep with your prescribed medications.
3. Exercise Regularly
Engage in regular exercise 30 minutes per day at least 5 days per week. A brisk walk to get your heart rate up is a great way to start your day. Adding some strength training 2 times a week is even better to maintain strength, balance, and flexibility.
Get a good night’s sleep! This is your body’s time to repair and rejuvenate. If you don’t sleep well, it is hard to pay attention and focus throughout the day. Exercising also helps clear your mind so that you’ll sleep better.
Any form of socialization or engagement with others always helps prevent depression and relieve some anxiety. It also improves your mood and cognitive capabilities.
Do you or your loved one need a little support and encouragement? Alliance Senior Care’s Integrated Wellness Program is designed to incorporate healthy lifestyle activities into our traditional in-Home care services. To learn more about how Alliance Senior Care can help call (248)274-2170.
1Figures adapted from Raz et al., 2005 from Park & Reuter-Lorenz, 2009.