When it comes to senior health concerns, Alzheimer’s disease is near the top. The disease can lead to memory loss and can change a senior’s way of thinking and behaving. These changes in a senior’s behaviour can make it challenging for caregivers to care for him or her.
Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Newcastle Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are some ways your elderly loved one can reduce his or her risk of developing this disease.
Several studies have shown regular exercise such as cardio and strength training can help protect the brain against Alzheimer’s. Even if your loved one has early signs of Alzheimer’s, exercise may help prevent further deterioration. Encourage your loved one to exercise for up to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. He or she may not have to join a gym or do something complicated to get started. Taking a walk through the neighbourhood and swimming are great ways to get the heart rate up without damaging joints or risking injury.
Eat Plenty of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are known to help protect against heart disease, but some studies suggest they can also help protect the brain from dementia and Alzheimer’s by reducing certain types of plaque. Salmon, tuna, sardines, trout, and mackerel are all great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. If your loved one doesn’t like seafood, walnuts, flaxseed, and chia seeds are good options, and omega-3 supplements are available as well.
Get Socially Active
As people age, many of them live isolated lives. They have retired from their jobs, many of their friends have moved or passed away, or they often aren’t as physically able to enjoy the activities they once did. However, it is important to maintain relationships to keep the mind engaged, prevent loneliness, and keep diseases like Alzheimer’s at bay. If your loved one does not interact with others often, encourage him or her to join a club or take up a new hobby. Teach your loved one about social media so he or she can reconnect with old friends. Encourage him or her to get to know the neighbours or even consider going on a coffee date.
For seniors living in Newcastle, NSW, hourly care can be a wonderful solution when they need companionship and socialisation a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home.
Keep the Mind Active
Not only do seniors need body exercises to stave off Alzheimer’s, but they also need to exercise their brains. Challenge your loved one’s mind regularly with puzzles and games. Encourage him or her to learn a new language or take up a new hobby like painting, crocheting, or playing a musical instrument. Reading often and changing daily routines occasionally forces the brain to learn something new.
Get Adequate Sleep
Some studies suggest poor sleeping habits can lead to Alzheimer’s, so make sure your loved one gets plenty of good quality rest at night. Limit your loved one’s naps, and make sure he or she goes to bed at the same time each night. Turn your loved one’s bedroom into a peaceful, tranquil, and relaxing place. Set a comfortable temperature, and make sure your loved one turns off computers, TVs, and smartphones at least half an hour before bed.
Every senior living with Alzheimer’s deserves high-quality Alzheimer’s care. Newcastle, NSW, families can rely on the caregivers at Home Care Assistance to keep their loved ones safe while managing the symptoms of the disease. Using our Cognitive Therapeutics Method, our caregivers help seniors regain a sense of pride and accomplishment while slowing the rate of cognitive decline. To learn about our Cognitive Therapeutics Method or to hire a dedicated, professional, and compassionate caregiver for your ageing loved one, call (02) 4089 3000.