Statistics indicate more than 10 million people around the world live with the debilitating disorder known as Parkinson’s. Another 60,000 people receive the diagnosis each year. However, there are ways seniors can reduce their risk of developing the disease.
Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Elevated blood sugar levels cause systemic inflammation, which has been associated with a number of neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s. A group of researchers from Great Britain decided to learn if individuals with Type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s. Their study, which ran from 1999 to 2011, found adults who were living with diabetes had a 32 percent higher risk of developing the neurological disorder. When diabetics had complicating factors, such as neuropathy, retinopathy, or other secondary problems, the risk rose to 49 percent. Thus, the scientists recommended eating a sensible diet consisting of lean meats, fruits, and vegetables along with healthy fats from olive oil, nuts, and seeds. Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of diabetes.
Preparing nutritious meals is often a challenging task for seniors with Parkinson’s. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care services. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Boost Antioxidant Consumption
Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are high in flavonoids, which are plant-based antioxidant compounds that protect cells against the damaging effects of free radicals, which are known to lead to cellular death. Green leafy vegetables additionally offer an abundance of a B vitamin called folic acid, which protects neurons and promotes healthy function.
A study published in the journal Brain found individuals who engaged in physical activity for six hours each week lowered their risk of developing Parkinson’s by 43 percent. The researchers obtained their information after observing the lifestyles of 43,000 people over the course of 12 years. Their definition of being physically active covered a wide range of options that included performing typical household chores, walking dogs, and climbing stairs. The scientists theorized physical activity increases a protein called GDNF that encourages the growth of neurons, including the cells that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Older adults who need help exercising should consider professional in-home care. Edmonton senior home care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers.
Avoid Toxin Exposure
The long list of environmental hazards includes heavy metals, herbicides, PCBs, pesticides, radiation, smoking, and solvents. Illicit drugs are also included in the list. Toxins may be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested. Researchers know chronic toxin exposure causes cell damage and death. Affected cells can include dopamine-producing neurons. Reducing exposure ensures a healthier brain and an overall healthier body.
Prevent Head Trauma
Statistics indicate up to 25 percent of all seniors experience falls. Falling raises the risk of head injuries. Traumatic brain injuries may cause cognitive or physical impairment. However, the cells damaged secondary to swelling, inflammation, and hemorrhaging include dopamine-producing neurons. Seniors and family members must reduce fall risks by evaluating the indoor and outdoor environments and make corrections to reduce potential hazards.
Many seniors in the later stages of Parkinson’s can continue to live at home, but they’ll likely need assistance from family members or other caregivers to do so safely. For many seniors in Edmonton, AB, live-in care is an essential component of aging in place safely and comfortably. However, it’s important for them to have caregivers they can trust and rely on. At Home Care Assistance, we extensively screen all of our live-in and 24-hour caregivers and only hire those who have experience in the senior home care industry. Our strict requirements ensure seniors can remain in the comfort of home with a reduced risk of injury or serious illness. Home Care Assistance will work with you to customize a care plan that’s just right for your loved one’s needs. Call us today at (780) 490-7337 to discuss how we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is being cared for with professionalism and compassion.