One in nine people over 65 have Alzheimer’s disease. After 65, the chances of getting Alzheimer’s doubles every 5 years. If your elderly loved one has been showing signs of Alzheimer’s, it is important to know what methods may help fight the disease, and some studies have shown certain vitamins to be effective. Here are some examples of vitamins that may help stave off the progression of Alzheimer’s, brought to you by the Waterloo senior care experts at Home Care Assistance.
1. Vitamin B
Seniors who have high homocysteine levels have twice the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, but eating more fruits such as apples and bananas and leafy green vegetables rich with vitamin B can help the body rid itself of homocysteine.
2. Vitamin C
Taking 500 mg of vitamin C per day can reduce the risk ofdeveloping Alzheimer’s, as the antioxidants present can help boost memory function. Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons are excellent sources of vitamin C.
3. Vitamin D
Research has shown people with Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D acts on the receptors in the brain to protect it against damage, including the plaques and tangles caused by Alzheimer’s. Though there is still much to learn about its effect on the brain, taking less than 10,000 UI of vitamin D per day should be safe for your loved one.
4. Vitamin E
Vitamin E, if taken moderately and under a physician’s supervision, can be helpful in preventing cognitive decline. While studies indicate the antioxidants in vitamin E may protect brain cells, too much of the vitamin may also slightly increase the risk of death in people with coronary artery disease.
Though some vitamins can help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, there is no guarantee of any lasting effects, which may lead to the need for additional care. If your loved one is in an advanced stage of the disease, remaining in the comfort of home, surrounded by familiar people and objects, may be the most beneficial choice for him or her. For trusted in-homeAlzheimer’s care in Waterloo, turn to Home Care Assistance. All of our caregivers are expertly trained in the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program specifically geared toward slowing cognitive decline and delaying the onset of dementia. For more information on Alzheimer’s care or our other senior care services, call (519) 590-2792 today to speak with one of our qualified Care Managers.