The brain is the most complex and prized organ of our body. Its correct functioning and capacities define each stage of our lives. Ensuring the proper functioning of our brain, especially as we age, is very important. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there is scientific evidence that we can reduce the risk of mental decline by embracing strategic lifestyle habits.
The five most important things we can do to keep a healthy brain are:
- Be active – Engage in physical activity and exercise. Several studies have associated exercise (such as walking) with better brain function.
- Keep learning – learning at any age reduces the risk of dementia. Develop interests or hobbies and stay involved in activities that can help both the mind and body.
- Don’t smoke
- Eat right
- Sleep well
Besides aging, there are other causes of memory problems, such as medications side effects, vitamin B12 deficiency, chronic alcoholism, infections in the brain, blood clots, thyroid, kidney, liver disorders, and emotional problems such as anxiety and depression.
When to ask for help?
Be aware of the following symptoms if they become chronic:
- Unable to remember things
- Repeating information
- Getting lost in familiar places
- Unable to follow direction
- Getting confused about time and people
- Neglecting personal care
In Alzheimer’s disease, changes in certain parts of the brain result in the death of many nerve cells. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s begin slowly and worsen steadily as damage to nerve cells spreads throughout the brain. As time goes by, forgetfulness gives way to serious problems with thinking, judgment, recognizing family and friends, and the ability to perform daily activities like driving a car or handling money. Eventually, the person needs total care.
Treatment for Alzheimer
If you suspect that you or a love one may be suffering from Alzheimer, seek medical help. Your Premier Health or WEA health insurance covers this disease if diagnosed while under an active plan. You may see a neurologist, family doctor, internist, geriatrician, or psychiatrist. Any of these medical professionals can answer the many questions that the person or family may have.