As we grow older, a certain degree of memory loss is considered normal. However, between 4 and 5 million people suffer from dementia, a loss of mental function that can drastically affect everyday life. The good news is you can take steps to help reduce your risk of developing the condition.
- Eat smart. Spinach, apples, blackberries, and salmon are high in antioxidants and increase cognitive function. Chow down on these foods to feed your brain.
- Lace up your walking shoes. Moderate exercise helps keep your body and mind in shape. Make swimming, walking, or biking part of your daily routine.
- Stay mentally active. Crossword puzzles, games, reading, and playing instruments may boost brain health. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, there is hope.
Talk with your doctor about possible conditions that could be leading to mental function loss, such as depression or anemia. Certain medications are available to slow the dementia process and help keep your mind sharp.
To find a neurologist at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center who can provide you with more information about dementia, call (248) 652-5418 or click here.