Memory Boosts and Brain Health Impacted by Diet

Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, is the stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia. If you or a loved one has MCI, they’re more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The good news is that a healthy blood pressure can help reduce these risks.

In ALZ, the magazine published by the Alzheimer’s Association, sources shared the results of the federally funded SPRINT MIND study originally published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Research from this study found a 19% reduction in the risk of MCI in those who managed their systolic blood pressure. Many factors affect the development of dementia, and not just blood pressure. But the initial results of the SPRINT MIND study point to compelling evidence that carefully and aggressively treating high blood pressure could be one more way to reduce your risk of MCI and dementia.

The ALZ article went on to share five ways to help you manage your blood pressure recommended by Jeff Williamson, M.D., professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. These suggestions include reducing your sodium intake, eating more potassium-rich foods, eating a small square of dark chocolate every day, incorporating omega-3 fatty acids and drinking less alcohol.

Watermark communities from coast to coast are helping seniors thrive, and a staple of healthy living is in fact, dining. The talented chefs at these communities routinely offer delicious and heart-healthy fare on diverse menus. Some even share their recipes. This quick and easy pecan crusted salmon recipe from the chefs at The Fountains at La Cholla delivers a meal that is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Windsor Senior Living’s sautéed Irish cabbage from Chef Tom along with The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay’s spinach salad recipe from Chef Chris both serve as a tasty way to incorporate potassium-rich leafy greens into your diet.

You can take steps to a healthy heart and a healthy brain. Consult with your doctor to manage your blood pressure, and discuss your risks for memory loss. Be sure to visit watermarkcommunities.com to find a senior living community near you that offers support groups and educational opportunities to learn more about Alzheimer’s and memory loss. Schedule a tour of the community and enjoy a complimentary heart healthy meal in their inviting dining rooms, and sign up to receive invitations to upcoming chef demonstrations, lunch and learns and various other events. Bon appétit and happy New Year!

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