A new study has linked a Western diet (high in calories and fat; low in nutritional value) to negative effects on brain health, including cognitive decline and neurodegenerative issues. An article on Medical News Today outlines the research and says the findings could potentially be useful in therapies to treat such disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Moreover, the article states that the Alzheimer’s Association is “currently conducting a clinical trial called U.S. POINTER that aims to evaluate whether lifestyle interventions—including eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and staying cognitively engaged—can reduce risk of cognitive decline.”

We understand the challenges related to healthy eating and exercise for persons living with dementia. Selecting healthy recipes and encouraging participation in food preparation is one way to get people involved. Another way is to offer choices: would you like to exercise first or attend the music class?

At EngAGE EnCOURAGE™, we couldn’t be more excited about this large-scale effort to measure what we see and know from our work with people who have cognitive impairment: keeping minds and bodies stimulated with engaging activities is paramount to good health, both physically and emotionally. Our program provides fascinating, age-appropriate topics that staff can use as a springboard to draw out stories, ideas, and opinions and get people enthused about healthy eating and mindful movement.

Our wellness and fitness program library offers user-friendly options that be accessed online 24/7 with a monthly membership. It’s not only easy, but it’s far superior in terms of care when compared with other options—such as watching TV, coloring, doing puzzles, and the like. Read more about our learning, creating, and fitness program, and contact us for more information.

EngAGE EnCOURAGE™ provides a quality curriculum for resident or member programming at assisted living communities, adult day clubs, and memory care providers. Reach us via email or toll-free by phone at 602-418-5196.