Positive Attitude Can Protect Against Memory Decline In Dementia Patients

Jun 17 2019

Positive Attitude Can Protect Against Memory Decline In Dementia Patients

A positive attitude can protect against memory decline and boost brain health in dementia patients, a recent study reports.


The report suggests that mental well-being — such as your mood or outlook, — can improve memory and decision-making in dementia patients..


The study reviewed previously published research the relationship between a positive attitude the progression of  dementia. Mental well being consists of  your ability to reason, cope with challenge or feel that you have a purpose in life. Dementia patients with these positives might even reduce their risk of future dementia by up to 20 percent.


In addition, it’s also helpful to be able to manage stress, anxiety, and depression effectively. These traits can speed up cognitive decline and memory loss as seniors get older.


The key is for seniors to have a positive outlook on life.


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The scientists offer several suggestions on how seniors can be positive. First, seniors should learn to avoid negative thoughts — meditation can help.


It’s also important to monitor for any side effects if the patient is taking multiple medications. Drug interactions can badly affect mood, memory, and behavior. Some examples are not enough sleep, anxiety, depression, and mood swings. Caregivers or skilled nurses can constantly monitor these medications and in concert with doctors, change the dosages.



Positive Attitude: Specific Recommendations For Seniors

Here are several tips from the researchers report:

1.   Enjoy what you’re doing. Regularly do something that makes you feel good. Take a hike, sign up for a choir or singing group, or just socialize with a group of friends.

2.   Connect with members of your community. Get to know your neighbors. The survey found that the more seniors socialized, the higher their mental well-being scores rose.

3.    Be a volunteer. Those who volunteer tend to have less anxiety, depression, loneliness and social isolation. Seniors who volunteer at least once a year have higher mental well-being scores than those who don’t volunteer.

4.   Get enough high-quality sleep. Maintain a regular schedule where your sleep/wake hours do not fluctuate, and avoid watching TV in bed. Also stay away from any digital screens before bedtime. LED light emitted by digital screens may prevent the brain from releasing the sleep hormone melatonin.

5.   Diet is super important. Different fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins need to part of a senior citizen’s diet. Men and women age 50 and over who reported eating more nutritious and well-balanced meals also had higher mental well-being scores.

6.   Exercise at least 3 times a week. It improves your health, reduces stress and anxiety, and promotes healthy well-being. Exercise together with a group — it will make it fun and enjoyable.

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Barry G

Barry graduated from City University of New York and holds a Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology.

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