Diet is an important factor that plays a role in preventing or delaying the onset of Dementia. However with growing age it is not easy to change dietary patterns, and healthy dietary habits are best adapted at a young age.
When we were young, we never believed in such sayings by our elders. In that phase of our life, we were busy working hard, doing well in studies and then getting a job, buying a house, car etc. We usually do not feel the need to do anything about health till we become sick.
As we age, we become more susceptible to dehydration for several reasons: Our body’s ability to conserve water is reduced, our thirst sense becomes less acute, and we’re less able to respond to changes in temperature. These problems are compounded by chronic illnesses such as diabetes, dementia, and by the use of certain medications.
There is no single ‘must have’ food to prevent memory impairment but there are some important dietary tips that can help seniors maintain a healthy memory. Dietary patterns have long been associated with cognitive decline and reducing the risk of dementia. Researchers have now suggested that those who follow the MIND diet can lower their dementia risk by as much as 50%. MIND stands for Mediterranean- DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The MIND diet includes two proven diets – DASH and Mediterranean – and zeroes in on the foods in each that specifically affect brain health.