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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Dear Sawy Senior, Are there any proven strategies to preventing dementia? My 80' year-old mother has Alzheimer's which has me wondering if there is anything I can do to protect my- self. Concerned at 53 Dear Concerned, Wlile there's currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease, new re- search indicates that there are a number of healthy lifestyle strat- egies that can help most people reduce the risk of getting it. According to the Alzheim- er's Association, the key factors that increase the risk of getting Alzheimer's are advanced age, family history and heredity, but research shows that our general health plays a factor too. While we can't do much about our age, family or genes, we do have con- trol over how we treat our body and brain. Some medical experts even estimate that by following these healthy tips now in middle-age, you can actually reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's by as much as 50 percent, or at least de- lay its onset by a few years. Here are the recommended strategies. Trenton Sun Page 7 - Senior MANAGE HEALTH PROBLEMS Studies have consistently shown that Alzheimer's disease is closely related to conditions , like diabetes and heart disease. So, if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes you need to treat them with lifestyle changes and medication (if neces- sary) and get them under control. Left untreated, these diseases over time will cause damage to the vessels that feed blood to the brain making them more vulner- able to damage, and increasing your risk of dementia. EXERCISE Aerobic exercise increases blood flow to all parts of your body, in- cluding your brain, to keep the brain cells well nourished. So choose an aerobic activity you enjoy like walking, cycling, danc- ing, swimming, etc., that elevates your heart rate and do it fbr at least 30 to 40 minutes three times a week. EAT HEALTHY A heart-healthy diet, like the Mediterranean diet, will also help protect the brain. A Mediterra- nean diet includes relativel:little red meat and emphasizes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fish and shellfish, and nuts, olive oil and other healthy fats. Also keep processed foods and sweets to a minimum. SLEEP WELL Quality, restful sleep contrib- utes to brain health too. Typical- ly, adults should get between sev- en and nine hours of sleep daily. If you have persistent problems sleeping, you need to identify and address the, problem. Medi- cations, late-night exercise and alcohol can interfere with sleep quality and length, as can arthri- tis pain, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. If you need help, make an ap- pointment with a sleep specialist (see sleepeducation.com) who will probably recommend an overnight diagnostic sleep test. CHALLENGE YOUR BRAIN Research shows that mind challenging activities can help improve memory, slow age-relat- ed mental decline and even build a stronger brain. But, be aware that mind-chal- lenging activities consist of things you aren't accustomed to doing. In other words, crossword puzzles aren't enough to challenge your brain, if you're already a regular puzzle doer. Instead, you need to pick up a new skill like learning to dance, play a musical instrument, study a new language or do math problems - something that's chal- lenging and a little outside your comfort zone. Brain-training websites like Lumosity.com and BrainHQ.com are excellent mind exercising tools because they continually adapt to your skill level to keep you chal- lenged. Socializing and interacting with other people is another im- portant way to stimulate the brain. So make a point to reach out and stay connected to friends, family and neighbors. Join a club, take a class or even volunteer - anything that enhances your social life. REDUCE STRESS Some. stress is good for the brain, but too much can be toxic. There's growing evidence that things like mindfulness medita- tion, yoga and tai chi are all good ways to help reduce stress. For more tips, call the Nation- al Institute on Aging at 800-222- 2225 and order a free copy of their booklet "Preventing Alzheimer's Disease: What Do We Know?" Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Sav- vySenior.org. Jim Miller is acon - tributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. .,/ k. SENIOR MEAL MENU March 17- 21 MONDAY: Reuben Sandwich, German Potato Salad, Carrots, Applesauce, Chocolate Pudding TUESDAY: Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy, Black Beans, Pears, Cherry Crisp WEDNESDAY: Swedish Meatballs, Noodles, Brussel Sprouts, Fruit Mix, NB Birthday Cake THURSDAY: Chicken Salad, Chips, Carrots, Peaches and Cottage Cheese, Lima Beans, Cake FRIDAY: Salmon Patties, Peas, Fruit Crisp, Mashed Potatoes, Jello Seniors must call 224-9913 by 9 a.m. and leave a message. Meals are served at noon each day. Meals are also served every Wed. at the New Baden Civic Center. To arrange transporta- tion to the Meal Site, ca//SCT Transit at 800-680-7433. f Five generations This Western Clinton County family recently welcomed a fifth generation. Seated, great great grandparents Oscar and Evelyn Mallrich, dad Rob and fifth generation Lochlan Robert Camp- bell. Standing, grandmother Lisa (Mallrich) Campbell and great grandfather Jim Mallrich. ............. Adoption "Trotter" Collie, male, six years old, good watch dog. Manx Cat, White, male, one year old. Lost and Found Black/White Shih Tzu, female, approximately one to" two years old, found in Germantown. For more information contact the Clinton County Ani- mal Control, 17833 County Farm Road, Carlyle, or call 594-4483. 618.224.2400 Open 11:00 AM I "--f--- " ~ ! :/Lj . ,,. FAMILY PACK /uL nch '! i(.) 12 pieces Fried Chicken,  ials i!1 ! il 3 Lg. Sides, Rolls & Butter  i  mm,/!1 ii L99 Wed, 3/19 Pork Shanks, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy & Green Beans Fri. Tuna or Crab Salad or Breaded Walleye or Grilled or 3121 Breaded Tllapla, Mac/Cheeee & Stewed Tomatoes All-You-Can-Eat WEDNESDAY TUESDAY $10,00 OFF Fried Chicken Bottles of Winel THURSDAY Prime Rib fo" 2 S26.95! Your l00nled!ca!) Directory H20 Hyths By Tresa Erickson Water is vital to life. Without it, very little can survive, including the human body. Obviously, you need to consume enough water to keep your body functioning well, but how much is enough? Eight glasses of water daily, right? Wrong. Although that may be the magic number for many people, including some doctors, there is no scientific evidence to support the fact that the body needs eight glasses of water per day. Water intake should be based on lifestyle. Here are some more myths surrounding the component vital to life. More water, fewer toxins: While some scientific studies show that water aids the release of toxins from the body, some don't. Drinking more water does not necessarily Improve the function of the bladder and kidneys and speed up the excretion of toxins. What it does do is dilute the toxins and make them easier to excrete. Hore,water, better organ function: Water is vital for organ function. No organ can function properly without the right amount of water for very long. Consuming more than Down in the dumps? Wc want to help... SENI.QR f '/00newal (618) 526-5699 Improving the quality of life for senior adults. Call ]br a free depression screening. WE MAKE THE DECISION EASIER!! AT AVISTON COUNTRYSIDE MANOR We Make The Transition From Your Home To Ours Easier. CHOOSE l AVISTON COUNTRYSIDE MANOR "Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation" Family Owned & Operated 450 West First Street - Aviston, IL 62216 ' (618} 228-7615 the amount of water needed, however, will not improve organ function. The organs will use only what they need and the rest will be excreted. Hore water, lower weight: While it's true that drinking water might make a person feel fuller and eat less at the time; that doesn't mean the person won't feel hungry later and eat then. Drinking water to eat less does not necessarily translate into weight loss. The calories reduced by water intake might very well be made up later, reducing the chance of weight loss. Hore water, better skin tone: The skin needs water, just like every other organ in the body. Drinking more water, however, does not guarantee great skin, as very little of the water consumed ends up in the skin. There are no scientific studies to prove a direct correlation between increased water intake and improved skin tone. More water, fewer headaches: While drinking water will prevent dehydration, which can cause headaches, drinking more of it will not ward off headaches indefinitely. Headaches can arise from a number of conditions, from tension to health problems, few of which have anything to do with the consumption of water. There is very little scientific evidence touting the benefits of increased water intake. Rather than push yourself to drink the magic eight, why not just drink the recommended amount for your lifestyle and stay hydrated and feeling 'good? General Dentistry Orthodontics Crowns & Bridges Preventive Care Full & Partial Dentures Tooth Colored Fillings New Patients Welcome 20 South Main Street Trenton, Illinois (618) 224-9423 Looking For Security & Trenton Village Renting Now. For information & to schedule tours call 224-9465. 980 East Broadway Trenton, Illinois (618) 224-9465 The Finest in Catered Living To ADVEI00TI00E HEP,00 OR ;//BMIT A HEALTH ARTICLE COMTACT 00YBIL 618 ZZ4-94ZZ