KEEP YOUR MIND ON THE GO

Many families of Alzheimer's patients know the effects of the disease are tough on both the patient and their loved ones.

Brain friendly foods and "brain games" are two primary means of prevention. Call 12 for Action reporter, Stacia Naquin, is finding the best foods and the best games to keep your brain healthy.

Along with Alzheimer's research, Stacia is investigating the best practices when searching for senior care.

FEED THE BRAIN

Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease according to the Alzheimer's Association. A new study hopes to change that.

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago developed what's called the MIND diet. It helps reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's.

What's on this diet you ask? Some pretty delicious stuff! The MIND diet has 10 "brain-healthy food groups":

1. Green, leafy vegetables

2. Other vegetables

3. Nuts

4. Berries

5. Beans

6. Whole grains

7. Fish

8. Poultry

9. Olive oil

10. Wine

For a list of foods to avoid, read the rest of the article on 12News.com.

SHARPEN YOUR MENTAL ACIUY (a.k.a. the sharpness of your brain)

Do you want to play a game? Of course you do, who doesn't like games?

According to Dr. Victor Zach, MD from HonorHealth, playing mind games can only help the brain grow and challenge your mental sharpness! "Recently there has been some evidence that brain games or video games have reduced the rates of dementia and shown to improve the ability to perform on cognitive tasks."

Games Dr. Zach recommends:

Lumosity – designed by neuroscientist, creates brain workouts that incorporate problem solving, memory, attention and more.

Candy Crush – a favorite game of many, is a good mind challenging game for all ages.

LOOKING FOR SENIOR CARE?

It's not an easy decision to begin the search for long-term care for someone you love. Here's how to start the process, when the time comes.

There are many options, especially when considering alternatives to nursing homes. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, "Long-term care—through in-home assistance, community programs, or residential facilities—enables you to stay active and accomplish everyday tasks."

Stacia Naquin has the best 5 questions you should ask when looking for senior care.

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