Wine and blueberries can halve Alzheimer’s risk

Could this eating plan ward off dementia symptoms in later life? There have been a lot of weight-loss fads and trends over the years and the New Year brings these to the forefront. The MIND diet has been specifically devised by epidemiologists from a leading medical school. It combines superfoods such as wholegrains, nuts and berries, while encouraging meals packed with large doses of antioxidants. (Source: Independent).

Those following the diet should create meals including at least three servings of whole grains, a salad and one other vegetable every day and then for maximum enjoyment this should be washed down with a glass of red wine. Snacking on nuts every day, beans every other day and consuming poultry and berries twice a week have shown that the risk of developing Alzheimer’s is reduced.

A balanced diet is key for good health

Dieters should also avoid certain foods, limiting the intake of butter, sugar, red meat and fried or fast food. It is also important to remember that in addition to eating well people should remain active, both physically and mentally.

Dr Laura Phipps of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said at the time that the study was published that while age is a factor in developing the disease, a person’s lifestyle may also play a role. It is difficult to be certain about which particular aspect of a diet is most beneficial, if there is one.

Before this diet can be recommended it will need to be tested in clinical trials across a diverse population. However, this healthy eating diet has all sorts of benefits including combating diabetes and heart disease.

At Sussex Grange, a varied diet is offered to our residents to ensure they have a good variety of nutrients across the week. ‘Tea and Toast’ quiz days are definitely among the favourites in our home!

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Visits from relatives and loved-ones has benefits for dementia sufferers

visits-for-dememtia-patientsThe Alzheimer’s Society has confirmed that people with dementia feel happy long after a visit or experience they may have forgotten. Visits from family and friends stimulate feeling of familiarity, happiness, comfort and security. Even as the condition progresses, people can still hold an ‘emotional memory’.

A recent survey found that 42% of the public think there is no point in keeping up contact once they are unable to recognise the faces of family and friends. Alzheimer’s advocates and researchers are calling on people to visit friends and relatives with dementia regularly and help them take part in activities they enjoy. The findings showed a need for people to spend more time with relatives with the condition in order to prevent loneliness. 64% of people with dementia felt isolated from friends and family following their diagnosis.

Jeremey Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society said: “Spending time with loved ones and taking part in meaningful activities can have a powerful and positive impact, even if they don’t remember the event itself. We are urging people to get in touch with us and find out how we can help you stay connected.”

Here are 5 reasons to continue visiting your loved one with dementia, even after it may seem that they will not benefit from time together (Source: Alzheimers.net):

  1. They may recognise you even if they cannot express it.
  2. Even if they are unable to remember your relationship, they may remember how often you visit.
  3. They may enjoy visits even if they cannot remember your name or your relationship to them.
  4. Opportunities to socialise and visits can put your loved one in a better mood and help them relax.
  5. People with Alzheimer’s still have emotional memory, remembering how an event has made them feel after forgetting the details of the event.

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