Researchers have long discovered the negative effects of too much stress on the body. However, a new study also proved that prolonged stress can also have some detrimental effects on the brain. People can experience stress in different situations. The most common stress is a short term stress which usually resolves within a few minutes to a day, the other kind of stress is the long term stress which is stress that is experienced for a prolonged period of time. The body normally releases hormones in response to stress regardless if it’s long term or short term. These stress hormones are cortisol and adrenaline.
The role of these hormones is to heighten our attention and prompt the body to take action, the fight or flight response. However, too much stress can take a toll on the body and instead of improving attention it leads to confusion and even panic. The body is not also capable of sustaining prolonged stress and can result to fatigue and exhaustion. In the brain, increased stress hormones can destroy neurons and affect the hippocampus. Poor management of these factors can lead to Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
Individuals who want to preserve their memories later in life should start doing memory care early to lower their risks of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia in their older years. There can be very little that we can do to avoid stress, but handling stress is something that we can control. Scientist found that exercise and mental activities can protect the brain from the negative effects or aging and stress.
Memory care starts by keeping the body healthy. This means that taking good care of your physical body have a great influence on the health of your brain. Scientists have proven the many benefits that exercise can do to our overall health. Regular physical exercise not only improves muscle tone, lower fat build up, improves blood circulation and improves metabolism but also protect the brain from protein build up which results to the formation of the beta amyloid plaques that are found to be the cause of memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease.
Regular exercise is an effective memory care especially for individuals who are under long term stress by stimulating the release of endorphins in the brain such as dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are responsible for improving mood, relaxes the muscles, improve sleep and improve the feeling of well-being.
Mental activities including reading, writing and playing games, are also found to lower the risks of developing memory loss. Individuals who have the increased mental activities in their younger years were able to show lower protein build up.
However, it is not too late for seniors to have memory care. The negative effects of Alzheimer’s can be reduced or delayed by having a healthy lifestyle. Senior living should not be sedentary. This is the perfect time for seniors to spend for their body. Engaging in light physical activities, healthy diet, good rest and adequate mental activities are things that can enhance memory care.