Dementia is not a disease itself, but actually a syndrome that is caused by other diseases or injuries that affect the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. It can be chronic or progressive, characterized by a severe decline in cognitive function. This includes a loss in:
thinking/ability to process thought
This deterioration of brain function is usually accompanied by changes and a loss of emotional control, social behaviour, and motivation.
1 Eat more of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential dietary fat that is important for early cognitive development in children and learning and memory in adults. It is found in our cell membranes, and higher levels of this fat in our brain cells is thought to improve their communication with other cells in the body.
2 Eat more of leafy greens: Researchers from Rush university found that adults who ate one serving of leafy green vegetables each day had the same cognitive function of those 11 years younger than they are in comparison to those who did not eat the vegetables.
3 Get Proper Sleep: new studies show that lack of sleep, especially when chronic, may give the proteins that cause dementia greater access to your brain. Furthermore, a specific lack in the deep non-REM (rapid eye movement) sleep may put your brain at an even greater risk for memory loss. This means that simple quantity of sleep isn’t enough to fight dementia, but good quality is also required
4 Decrease Inflammation: Chronic inflammation from stress, lack of sleep, and poor diet and lifestyle habits is not only causing us heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, but it also has a major impact on the health and longevity of our brains. Chronic, low-grade inflammation causes changes to our brain structure and is now linked to the neurodegenerative changes associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s.