- Posted by Stephen Whiteley
- On 21/06/2018
Alzheimer’s disease results in patients’ gradual loss of movement, speech, and memory. It also restricts the ability to think correctly, which means a person’s quality of life is considerably reduced. Although the disease sounds terrible, in reality, there are ways you can prevent it from happening or slow its progression in early-stage patients.
Preventing Alzheimer: For sure
Generally, Alzheimer’s disease has genetics-related causes. Doctors and researchers, however, are still unsure about its origin. It’s usually associated with three types of protein within the brain. However, there are other factors as well. Inflammation of the brain, vascular factors and a person’s lifestyle all contribute towards the disease. Therefore, as a first step, it is imperative that you improve your lifestyle.
Exercise or any physical exertion helps limit the progress of the disease within patients. It is typically recommended that a 30-minute workout should be done at least 4-5 days per week to see fruitful results. Also, it’s essential to get enough sleep as well. Sleep helps clear out excess amyloid from the brain hence helping to slow down Alzheimer’s spread. Also, diet is a crucial factor that is often overlooked by many patients. Having a healthier Mediterranean diet with vegetables and fruit will help your body’s protein recover.
Preventing Alzheimer: Not so certain
Apart from techniques mentioned above, there are other things as well that one can do to prevent the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. This includes learning new things. Learning a new language or idiom will help a person with improvement in their thinking and overall health. However, less evidence is known to support this. However, these things help with improving the cognitive ability of a person.
Some researchers argue that this will only help the patient get good at that particular task with less benefit to the overall health. Also, learning an idiom makes a person quite confident in themselves, and they can interact more openly socially. Observational studies have revealed that connecting socially will slow the progress of Alzheimer disease as well.
Alzheimer and learning languages
Generally, Alzheimer patients would lose their sense of speech, and therefore they would slowly stop interpreting language. It’s not been proved that learning languages will help patients. However, languages are known to be seen as a sign to indicate the stage of the disease. A study was conducted on 39 Alzheimer patients to see the comprehension of languages and metaphors by them. In that study, it was revealed that decline in figurative language isn’t an early symptom for an Alzheimer patient.
Although there isn’t any scientific study or research to support this argument, yet it’s always preferred that one should exercise the cognitive thinking ability of an Alzheimer patient. And learning idioms is just the way to go. It’ll help the person with their vocal ability and would undoubtedly increase their confidence. Also, we’ll recommend that the patient is taught a new agency so they can have a more open interaction as well.