Good nutrition plays a vital role in preventing the progression of Dementia. A well-balanced diet includes healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and an adequate mixture of vitamins and minerals. Here are some foods that are good for seniors suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s.
- Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 essential fatty acids help maintain the health and functioning of our brain. Oily fish is a rich source of omega 3’s and it is recommended that at least one portion of oily fish a week should be eaten to maintain brain health.
Vitamins C and E are commonly found in fruits and vegetables. Turmeric and green tea extracts are also great examples of other types of antioxidants. They protect the brain from radical damage.
- Whole grains
Whole grains and other fiber-rich complex starches, such as whole wheat, oats, brown rice, and bulgur, are extremely beneficial for brain health and hence reduce the risk of dementia. In addition, whole grains are also linked to reduced risk for heart disease.
- Wild salmon
Salmon is rich in high quality proteins and omega 3 fatty acids. Consuming at least two servings of salmon per week can help meet omega-3 fatty acid needs.
A balanced diet may turn out to be a challenge for seniors suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. Since forgetfulness is the most common symptoms of dementia, a person with this disease may even forget to eat or have difficulty with eating.
Family members should make sure to keep an eye on their diet as poor nutrition may lead to the increased behavioral symptoms of dementia. But, sometimes it may become difficult even for family members to take care of their senior’s nutrition needs, as they have other responsibilities, such as work or children, too. In this instance, they may want to consider hiring an in-home caregiver for their seniors who will look after all their needs.
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