Concerns about decreasing cognitive function and memory loss are often on the minds of seniors and their family members. Fortunately, aids that can boost brain function may be as close as the kitchen pantry. Home Care Assistance, the leading provider of Sonoma County in-home care, presents a few foods that research has shown to help enhance cognitive abilities in the elderly population.
Dark, Leafy Green Vegetables
Improved brain function has been linked with the consumption of dark, leafy green vegetables. Good sources include:
Dark-Skinned Fruits and Berries
Antioxidants have long been shown to prevent premature aging at the cellular level by combating the harmful effects of free radicals. Blueberries, plums, strawberries, raspberries, red grapes and cherries are great natural sources.And the best part? These fruits can easily be enjoyed as snacks or added to any meal to pack an added nutritional punch.
Omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)have been shown to improve memory and help mental performance. They are found naturally and in abundance in oily fish such as sardines, salmon, halibut, tuna and mackerel.
Coffee and Chocolate
Recent studies have shown that individuals with Alzheimer’s may benefit from eating chocolate and drinking coffee. Both items are good sources of caffeine and antioxidants, which can help to prevent and even delay memory impairment.
The Mediterranean Diet
A topic that has gotten a lot of news recently been in the news is the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean Diet. After studying the eating habits and longevity of inhabitants of Greece and the surrounding islands, researchers have found that the diet of the region has played a major role in providing better brain function and longer lifespans for the area’s older population. The diet is based around:
- Fruits, vegetable, grains, nuts, seeds and olive oil as the mainstays of the diet
- Fish and other seafood eaten in moderation
- Poultry, eggs, yogurt and cheese 3 or 4 times a week
- Red meat and sweets on rare occasions
Interested in learning more about senior nutrition and health? Call 707-843-4368 and speak with a friendly Care Manager at Home Care Assistance Sonoma County. While we are recognized as the Sonoma County live-in home care experts, we also provide care on an hourly as-needed basis for help with nutritious meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders and so much more. Schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with us today and provide your aging parent or loved one with the assistance they need and deserve.