An estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to grow as more baby boomers hit their senior years. As the disease has no cure and no treatment, many studies are focusing on dementia prevention, particularly through diet. The Landing of Southampton, Bucks County’s newest independent living, personal care, and memory care community, invites you to join us as we learn about the impact of diet on dementia.
Dementia Prevention and Diet
Alzheimer’s is a complex form of dementia and while no one knows exactly what causes the disease, decades of research suggest that diet can influence a person’s risk of developing it. In fact, Alzheimer’s is sometimes called, “diabetes of the brain” as studies have suggested a strong link between diet and dementia.
Following these simple tips for a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of dementia:
1. Reduce sugar
Eliminating or limiting sugary foods and refined carbs can lower blood sugar and inflammation in the brain that appears in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. Additionally, people with diabetes are at an increased risk for dementia, suggesting a strong link between blood sugar levels and brain health.
2. Follow a Mediterranean diet
A Mediterranean diet includes an abundance of vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish, and olive oil with limited amounts of processed foods. Several studies show that following a Mediterranean diet, even loosely, can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive impairment.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables
Include green vegetables and ‘eat the rainbow’ to ensure your body and mind are receiving the antioxidants and vitamins needed to fight dementia. In fact, a team of nutritional epidemiologists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that people who consumed 1.3 servings of leafy green vegetables daily had brains that were 11 years younger than those who consumed fewer servings.
Fighting Dementia with Food at The Landing of Southampton
The Landing of Southampton will be partnering with Dr. Julie Lachman to learn more about the impact of diet on dementia, offering a natural approach to improved cognitive clarity. Dr. Lachman is a naturopathic and holistic practitioner who is devoted to maintaining and restoring health naturally.
We all be meeting at Centennial Station in Warminster on November 5, 2019, from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Light and healthy refreshments will be provided.
We would love for you to join us as we learn more about fighting dementia with food! Space is very limited. RSVP today to [email protected] or call (215) 791-6666.
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