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Living Well with Dementia
Dementia may cause a significant change in your life and the lives of those around you but it should not define who you are nor should you be sad about it. Maintaining your wellbeing is important and minor adjustments in your current lifestyle may have a positive impact on your life.
Recently, the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER) a multi-center, randomized, controlled trial utilized a multi-domain intervention approach with the following components: dietary guidance, physical activity, cognitive training and social activities, and intensive monitoring and management of metabolic and vascular risk factors. The multi-domain intervention showed significant beneficial effects on overall cognitive performance and more specifically on the following cognitive domains: memory, executive function and psychomotor speed. Hence, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will definitely have positive impact on you.
Diet and Nutrition
- Eat the right amount of food for your level of activity.
- Eat a well balanced diet consisting of fruits and vegetables at least 5 portions per day, whole grains, low fat milk and meat products, fish at least two portions per week and sucrose intake of less than 50g/day. Additional dietary measures may be necessary depending on the individual needs related to your medical history.
- Drink around 8 glasses of water to stop getting dehydrated.