4 Fun Ways to Prevent Dementia
Doing crossword puzzles, reading a lot and often having a a discussion are types of activities commonly done when people are discussing prevention of dementia or senility. But in fact, preventing dementia does not always have to be hard work or exercise for the brain.
Various studies that has been conducted mentions many activities to prevent dementia by doing things that are light and not a heavy exercise for the brain. Simple and fun activities such as a sauna bath and dancing has been proven to prevent dementia.
Here are four fun ways to prevent dementia:
Sauna bathing is not only beneficial for the health of the heart and blood vessels. Research from the University of Eastern Finland found that a sauna bath can also significantly reduce the risk of developing dementia.
Sauna bath as much as 4-7 times a week can reduce the risk of dementia by 66 percent, and Alzheimer’s by 65 percent.
2. Drinking Coffee
Coffee enthusiasts may be pleased because a research from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, found drinking coffee in moderation amount is able to protect the brain from cognitive decline and aging. It can also protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and dementia.
They found that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of impaired cognitive function of the brain by 27 percent. This occurs because the caffeine found in coffee is an anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidants such as caffeic acid.
A study on dementia published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003 found that adults who frequently danced with their friends have 75 percent lower risk of developing dementia than those who never danced.
In fact, when you enjoy a dance performed alone, it can make the body active and certainly gain health benefits. In order for brain functions remain intact, do not forget to also apply a healthy lifestyle such as a healthy diet, avoid smoking, get enough rest and avoid stress.
4. Exercising in a green room
A British study found that exercising in a green room at least for 5 minutes, can improve one’s mood. Of course the exercise itself has a variety of benefits for the body.
For example a more smooth blood flow and a decrease of cortisol hormone levels (stress hormone). Regular exercise can prevent diseases such as diabetes, cholesterol, and hypertension, which certainly could have an impact on the body including the brain.