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As our senior loved ones age, their brains become more vulnerable to afflictions such as stroke, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. However, certain lifestyle measures, like eating a wholesome diet, can help prevent these conditions and promote brain health well into old age. At Redondo Beach Home Care Assistance, we understand that it’s confusing to figure out which nutrients your loved one needs, so we’ve compiled a list of four essential nutrients to boost your elderly loved one’s brain health.
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These essential fatty acids help protect against a variety of cognitive conditions. Studies show that Omega-3s can help prevent cognitive decline, as well as certain mental disorders, like depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Have your loved one’s 24-hour or part-time caregiver in Redondo Beach incorporate Omega-3 fatty acids in your loved one’s diet by sprinkling flaxseeds on his or her salads, serving baked fish, especially salmon, and providing walnuts as a snack.
2. Vitamin E
The brain can be very vulnerable to free radicals, which is why vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, is so good for it. In fact, research has found that high amounts of vitamin E can help your brain function as if it were nine years younger. To ensure your loved one is getting the brain boosting powers of Vitamin E, have your loved one’s caregiver serve him or her leafy green salads, trail mixes with nuts, seeds, and cereals, or peanut butter toast.
3. Whey Protein
While not a frequent component of most senior meals, whey protein can be an excellent dietary supplement for your elderly loved one. Though protein is always important for a well-rounded diet, recent research shows that whey protein can also help the brain reduce the production of free radicals and decrease lipid damage. Primarily used to create shakes, whey protein is generally purchased in powder form and then combined with water, milk, or other beverages to create a tasty and protein-filled shake.
4. B Vitamins
All B vitamins are vital for proper brain function, including memory, the ability to focus, and the production of hormones and neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin. Found in whole grains, leafy greens, eggs, milk, and many fruits, these vitamins are easy to find and incorporate into your loved one’s daily meals. For a powerhouse dish that is full of B vitamins, have your loved one’s caregiver make him or her a delicious and simple egg sandwich with whole wheat bread, cheese, and a couple leaves of arugula.
If you’re concerned that your elderly loved one isn’t eating a balanced diet, a professional caregiver at Home Care Assistance of Redondo Beach can help. Expertly trained to help with a variety of daily tasks, including grocery shopping and cooking, hourly and live-in caregivers in Redondo Beach can assist your loved one by making nutritious meals and by helping with other routine activities. If you’re interested in learning more about how the caregiving services at Home Care Assistance promote senior health and wellness, contact a Care Manager at (310) 504-0506 and schedule a complimentary, in-home consultation.