Prevent Mental Decline Before It Begins
Mental decline or dementia can be seen in a number of behaviors and symptoms which indicate mind impairment. It isn’t a single disease. It generally refers to the process of losing one’s thinking skills, memory, or judgement. Mental decline usually happens slowly. It has usually begun long before an actual diagnosis is made and medical intervention starts. There are many forms of dementia and memory-related diseases. Some forms of mental decline are reversible. Sometimes the causes are related to issues that are not organic.
Whether there is a diagnosis of mental impairment or not, prevention is always a great idea. In the same way that we can prevent heart disease, diabetes, and other illnesses, we can take precautions to reduce the likelihood of mental decline.
Preventing mental decline is best tackled in a holistic way. Although age and genetics play a role in whether someone will experience mental decline, there are ways to hold off that decline. It may seem obvious that preventing mental decline includes stimulating the mind. It also includes seemingly unrelated things like:
- Eating right
- Sleeping well
- Being social
- Dropping bad habits
Our minds work best when our whole bodies are healthy. This makes sense when we understand that our minds and bodies are connected. How we take care of our mind influences our bodies and how we care for our bodies influences our minds. A decline in our physical health can trigger or amplify a decline in our minds. Keeping both healthy is a preferable prevention model.
It's important to pay attention to mental health stability throughout life. Make keeping your mind sharp a priority. There are many ways to keep your mind healthy and active. Some activities include:
- Playing games
- Counting change
- Solving puzzles
- Learning new things
- Teaching others
Generally, anything that keeps your mind active, solving problems, and expanding will be healthy and will contribute to preventing mental decline. Creating a lifestyle that includes eating well, exercising regularly, a healthy social life, and challenging and stimulating activities for the mind will help reduce the risk of mental decline.
Mental decline can be prevented or slowed by engaging in a wholistic lifestyle that keeps both the mind and the body stimulated and functioning at its best. Creating a variety of activities and enjoying healthy choices makes all the difference in the longevity and strength of the mind.