What you eat today could go a long way to helping counteract dementia-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s Disease when you get older. In fact, science has proven that both a Mediterranean-style diet and a similar diet called the MIND diet can slow cognitive declines. These diets include brain-healthy superfoods that protect the neurological system. And that’s why some senior living communities are incorporating aspects of these diets into their menus.
“Following this diet is a very conservative approach to delaying neurodegenerative effects that come with aging,” said Julio Trejo, vice president of dining services for Inspired Living, “But the evidence is very compelling. This type of eating can slow the inevitable cognitive decline of aging.”
Trejo said the MIND diet was used as a guide to developing the MINDfull Choices menu for Inspired Living’s communities. Some of the menu items might be new flavors for the community’s residents, but Trejo said he has seen a positive response.
Once residents understand the benefits of these superfoods, they’re more inclined to try them. Plus, people who live in senior living communities these days are more open to new ideas when it comes to food, he explained.
“We are focused on showing the residents new food ideas, new innovating menus and creative presentations,” Trejo said. … “The evolution of the restaurant industry – the rise of fast casuals and celebrity chefs, and the elevation of healthier, cleaner menu options – means newer retirees are bringing those expectations with them to senior living.”
But those culinary expectations aren’t relegated to just seniors; everybody can benefit from the superfoods.
With that in mind, here’s a look at 5 foods that may help combat dementia.
Avocados – Packed with healthy fats, avocados help support brain structure and blood flow.
Berries – Research shows blueberries and strawberries can slow cognitive decline by two and a half years.
Leafy green vegetables – Leafy green veggies like kale and spinach are packed with antioxidants which support brain health.
Nuts – Almonds and other nuts are great sources of healthy unsaturated fats which have been proven to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric – The spice has anti-inflammatory properties that are shown to reduce the buildup of beta-amyloid plaques that can lead Alzheimer’s.
Inspired Living provides independent living, memory care and assisted living. A variety of health and wellness services are available at our communities along with chef-prepared meals, engaging enrichment activities, industry-leading safety technology, and 24/7 licensed nursing care.