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A new study shows that older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a three-year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely.
The study is published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Researchers gathered information on the eating habits of 967 Scottish people around the age of 70 who did not have dementia. Of those people, 562 had an MRI brain scan around age 73 to measure overall brain volume, grey matter volume and thickness of the outer layer of the brain. From that group, 401 people then returned for a second MRI at age 76. These measurements were compared to how closely participants followed the Mediterranean diet.
A Mediterranean diet includes large amounts of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, beans and cereal grains such as wheat and rice, moderate amounts of fish, dairy and wine, and limited red meat and poultry.
Dr Clare Walton, Research Manager at Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘There is an increasing amount of evidence to indicate that eating a healthy diet that’s rich in oily fish, fresh veg and nuts is good for your brain and can help to maintain your memory as you get older. Our brains shrink by 1-2% per year in old age and this study suggests that a Mediterranean-style diet could also potentially help to slow down this shrinking process.
‘While the evidence suggests a Mediterranean diet can help keep your brain healthy as you age, we can’t yet say that it prevents dementia. What’s good for you heart is also good for your head and a healthy lifestyle that features regular exercise, a balanced diet and not smoking can help to lower your chances of dementia.’
As the government struggles with the social care budget the true scale of the problem is highlighted by the Local Government Association.
As part of their review of possible alternative ways to pay for the care of our ageing population a recent review indicated that ‘The numbers of elderly people going without care, paying for it themselves or relying on family and friends currently outstrip those getting council help by four to one.’
For further details of the governments funding plans click on the link
Increasing muscle strength can improve brain function in adults with mild cognitive impairment a study suggests.
A study published yesterday, (24 October) in the Journal of American Geriatrics, has found that increased muscle strength improves the brain function of adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
Findings from the Study of Mental and Resistance Training (SMART) trial show a positive causal link between muscle adaptations to progressive resistance training and the functioning of the brain among those over 55 with MCI.
Dr James Pickett, Head of Research at the Alzheimer’s Society said:
‘New research is beginning to unravel how physical excercise may have benefits for the brain as people get older. This study suggests that people with minor memory and thinking problems, known as mild cognitive impairment, may benefit from weight training to improve their brain health.
‘Not everyone with Mild Cognitive Impairment will go on to develop dementia – and it is not yet clear whether weight training could prevent dementia or help those who already have the condition. However, we do know that the best way to reduce your risk of developing dementia is a combination of taking regular exercise, not smoking and eating a healthy, balanced diet.’
Recruiting Now – Come on in. You are most welcome!
The outside of Everycare Wirral’s offices in Heswall, The Wirral has a very different look with our wonderful “Recruitment Now” flags taking pride of place.
The growth of the home care services offered by Everycare Wirral since the new branch was opened now requires us to take on extra care staff for immediate client assignments.
If you are interested in working for Everycare Wirral as a home care assistant or would just like to find out more, please call into our offices and discover how nice we really are or ring 0151 648 9437.
We look forward to seeing you.