Minor memory loss is a normal part of the natural aging process. But, when these minor losses build up over time into something more noticeable, it can lead to dementia. Dementia is an overall decline in mental functioning that directly interferes with the tasks associated with daily living. If you or a loved one is suffering from dementia, it’s not uncommon to feel a little helpless.
Often, people see an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis as scary. When in reality, through treatment and making healthy lifestyle changes, seniors can lead fulfilling lives despite what may have been lost over time.
So, what are some ways that seniors can prevent further cognitive decline from Alzheimer’s or dementia?
- Exercise daily
- Healthy diet
- Managing stress
- Getting adequate sleep
- Mental stimulation
Along with these essential ways to prevent further mental decline, new studies suggest that supplements might be another natural way to preserve brain health.
Top 5 Supplements and Vitamins for Brain Health
If you or a loved one is already following a healthy diet by eating plenty of vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fish, then you might be looking for alternative ways to further reduce the symptoms of memory loss.
While Alzheimer’s and dementia are still somewhat of a mystery, new evidence supports that vitamins and supplements may be valuable in preserving cognitive functions and helping to slow the progression of the disease.
Here are some vitamins and minerals to consider to help support memory function and preserve brain health:
1. Vitamin B1 – One university found that a daily dose including 50mg of vitamin B1 could be helpful for those suffering from dementia. It is thought that this particular vitamin can help maintain neuron and nerve connections that might slow the progression of dementia symptoms.
2. Zinc – Commonly lacking in older adults, zinc has been shown to improve cognitive functioning and memory for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. The recommendation is between 30mg and 40mg a day.
3. Vitamin E – Typically used as an antioxidant supplement, vitamin E has been shown to slow the progression of dementia, as well as help prevent it in seniors who have not yet been diagnosed. 400 to 800 IU per day of vitamin E is the typical recommendation.
4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Studies have shown that seniors who regularly supplement with omega-3 fatty acids can benefit from cardiovascular and neurological benefits. Food sources for omega-3 fatty acids include cold-water fish and seafood. Fish oil supplements also work well as an alternative.
5. Phosphatidylserine – A much less commonly known supplement, phosphatidylserine can be taken up to three times daily to boost certain chemicals in the brain that are imperative for retaining and processing memories.
While these five have been proven to provide the best outcomes for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s, there are other vitamins and supplements that can help as well. These include vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folic acid.
Before beginning a regimen of vitamins and minerals, it’s suggested to discuss options with your doctor. Some medications can interact with certain supplements, so it’s important to discuss everything in advance to find a daily routine that will work best for you.
Finding Fulfillment at Peregrine Senior Living
Peregrine Senior Living is unlike any other senior living community. It is our goal to help our memory care residents continue their search for purpose, validation and fulfillment in life, despite a dementia diagnosis. We invite you to explore our philosophy and to find out if we are a good fit for you or your loved one. Schedule a tour of one of our communities today.