Chronic Disease Assessment
Cognitive Decline affects many people. It is a disease that many over look in their concerns for heart disease, cancer or even diabetes. However, the steady decline of a person’s metal capacity is a scary prospect. As years pass in life people will joke a tease bout how old age is the cause of loss of memory regarding events and appointments, but in truth the possibility of cognitive decline is a very real problem for certain individuals. While it is true this is a daunting possibility, it is important to know cognitive decline does not have to be a certain end.
Cognitive decline is the decline in a person’s mental ability to think. This kind of chronic disease can effect mental functions, including memory, calculation, verbal ability, abstraction and judgment. Most people are more familiar with the terms Alzheimer’s ...view middle of the document...
Instead, lifestyle plays a large role in the loss of cognitive processing abilities. One lifestyle element that contributes to possible metal decline is smoking. Apparently the chemicals in cigars and cigarettes not only raise risk for cancers and heart disease, it can also increase risk for cognitive decline. Also heart disease can contribute to the risk for cognitive decline. Like other diseases exercise and physical activity is a factor. Lack of physical activity increases risks for heart disease and diabetes which can contribute to cognitive decline. Exercising 2-3 hour a week up to 6 hours can stimulate the circulatory system and increase metabolism which is good for the whole body including the brain. Some research indicates that exercise increases cerebral blood flow, thus speeding up brain metabolism to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
Nutritional needs or the lack of them can effect a person’s risk as well. It is suggested that a person have 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day to help decrease risk. Also an increase of fish as a protein source, and a decrease in red meats as a regular protein can help reduce a person’s risk for this disease.
The possibility of cognitive decline is a very real problem for certain individuals. Though, it is important to remember that the loss of mental and physical health in the latter years of life is not necessarily an inevitable conclusion as some believe (Donatelle, 2011). With a healthy lifestyle early in life one can have and enjoyable lifestyle later in life. While it is true this is a daunting possibility, it is important to know cognitive decline does not have to be a certain end. Simple changes in diet and small adjustments in physical activity can go a long way in the battle against the challenges of life.
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