One of the newsletters that I like to read comes from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. It is always full of news and good advice for folks with AD and for caregivers. However, a particular article from a recent edition holds good advice for all of us! Since many of us will live longer lives than previous generations, we want to know how to live our best life. There are studies on longevity in our communities and lots of talk about those areas where people live longest in this world…..the Blue Zones. A lot of what results is really common sense and includes things that all us know. So, I am going to use the AFA’s outline here for you to peruse and consider (my comments will be in the parentheses):
Eat well (We all know that fried foods, red meat, sugar, taste awfully good, but try to limit or reduce your consumption of these and add more veggies…..even one more serving a day can help.).
Stay active. (Aren’t we fortunate to live in communities with rec centers? Use them!).
Learn new things. (Again, we are lucky to live in an area where there are so many options for fun courses as well as college courses. Like to cook? PORA offers cooking classes with a real chef from time to time. Learning another language and traveling qualify too!).
Get enough sleep. 7 – 9 hours is good. (I know that if I do not exercise in a day or if I have coffee, tea, chocolate after noon, I do not sleep well. Do some sleuthing to find out what it is that is disturbing your sleep if you are having problems!).
Mind your meds. (Medications react differently for people. Talk with your doctor or the local pharmacist to see what reactions your meds may cause.).
Stop smoking and limit alcohol. (Enough said!).
Stay Connected. (This is SOOOOO important! Recent studies have shown that this may be the most important thing we all can do to stay healthy longer. We are social beings and contact with others is essential.)
Know your blood pressure. (If you are getting your regular check-ups, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you feel any changes in your system, see your doctor. Also, have a blood pressure cuff at home. It could help.)
See your doctor. (As I mentioned above, this should be a regular part of your year.)
Get a memory screening. (I am not sure that I am entirely on board with this one. That is mostly because there are no cures for memory loss at this point unless the loss is caused by a physical problem. However, if you want to see how you are doing, by all means have your memory checked.)
Be well……take care…..Regina