Lifestyle Treatments For Alzheimer's And Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is a type of neurodegenerative condition that affects many seniors. Its primary symptom is dementia, which can also occur as a result of other health problems, and dementia makes it hard for individuals to think logically or remember things. Unfortunately, dementia is not typically treatable, and it can worsen over time. Though there is no known way of curing and reversing the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, there are some ways to reduce the severity of the condition or slow down the decline. Most ways of managing rely on keeping the senior as comfortable and healthy as possible. These lifestyle treatments can help seniors with dementia or Alzheimer's to continue living a full and happy life.

Exercises For The Mind


The mind may not be a muscle, but it is still possible to gain benefit from exercising it. Regularly doing tasks that require logical thinking and focus can help seniors to maintain cognitive function and memory skills when living with Alzheimer's or dementia. Just a few minutes of playing a game, participating in memory training, or doing anything else that engages the brain can have excellent benefits. Some of the most promising exercises for the mind in modern times are based on video games. Playing certain video games helps to increase grey matter, and this extra brain material can help a senior to better compensate for the deterioration associated with dementia and Alzheimer's. The best video games for seniors trying to exercise their brain are three-dimensional games that encourage them to build cognitive maps, remember their position within the game, and practice spatial awareness.

Continue reading to learn how physical activity can help.

HealthPrep Staff