Have you heard of brain food? While the concept of foods that improve brainpower may sound like a myth, the fact is that certain foods can have a positive impact on brain function and memory. This is especially important for seniors, who experience a natural decline in cognitive function as part of the aging process. Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Sonoma County in-home care, offers a list of foods that seniors can add to their diets to help boost brain power.
- Walnuts – These nuts contain a huge serving of omega-3 fatty acids as well as brain healthy ingredients like antioxidants, copper and magnesium. Eating a handful of walnuts a day can help reduce brain inflammation, which is harmful to cognitive function.
- Cranberries & Blueberries – Not just for Thanksgiving, cranberries contain tons of antioxidants. These critical compounds help to destroy free radicals, which not only cause cancer but can have a detrimental effect on brain cells. Blueberries also contain antioxidants, as well as anthocyanidins, a compound that may help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
- Eggs – Eggs have long been known to have a positive effect on brain development in the early years of life, and now research shows they can help boost brain power for seniors as well. That’s because they contain plenty of zinc, iron, Vitamin B, 12 and E and essential amino acids.
- Salmon – Salmon also contains an optimum dose of omega-3 fatty acid. This compound has been shown to help rebuild connections in the brain, helping messages travel more quickly and efficiently and improving memory retention. Some research has shown that eating seafood once a week can slow cognitive decline by as much as 10 percent.
- Chicken – Poultry contains choline and B vitamins as well as niacin, all brain-healthy ingredients. In fact, niacin has specifically been shown to have a positive effect in reversing age-related cognitive decline.
By incorporating the above foods into your loved one’s regular meals, you can actively help reduce their risk for memory related conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, all while promoting an overall healthy lifestyle.
At Home Care Assistance Sonoma County, we have a holistic approach to care that not only focuses on the physical needs of seniors, but on areas such as cognition, social ties and calmness and purpose. In fact, the scientific division of Home Care Assistance has developed an in-home care program, Cognitive Therapeutics, which utilizes various games and activities to promote cognitive health, mental acuity and overall quality of life for seniors of all abilities.
To find out more about our Cognitive Therapeutics program or our in-home care services, reach out to a friendly Care Manager at 707-843-4368 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.