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Coconut Oil: Its Benefits for Older Adults with Alzheimer’s

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Coconut oil provides aging adults with many benefits, including alleviating mental and physical conditions and boosting cognitive abilities. Adding coconut oil to your senior loved one’s diet may even slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. This oil is considered a heart-healthy superfood that is free of cholesterol and trans-fats. Here are some of the benefits of coconut oil for seniors who are living with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Boosts Energy 

Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease generally have difficulty sleeping at night. The less active your loved one’s day is, the more likely he or she is to be awake at night. Coconut oil boosts thyroid function in seniors, which leads to increased energy. Your loved one will be more energized and ready to participate in physical activities such as dancing, exercising, crafting, and running errands with family caregivers. When you plan active days for your loved one, you can prevent issues like sundowning and disruptive sleeping patterns. 

Providing care to an aging loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other cognitive health condition can be overwhelming at times. If you are the primary family caregiver for an elderly loved one and need additional assistance providing high-quality home care, North Broward Home Care Assistance can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age.

Acts as an Antioxidant 

Oxidative stress can cause unhealthy changes in the brain, especially for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease. This type of stress leads to an attack on the brain by free radicals, but antioxidants help the brain fight against oxidative damage. Free radicals are a part of normal functioning. Therefore, your loved one’s brain will be attacked regularly by free radicals, which is why he or she should consume foods and oils full of antioxidants to prevent this damage. Consuming coconut oil could boost your loved one’s mood and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Increases Good Cholesterol Levels

Your loved one can keep his or her brain active and sharp by eating healthy foods full of good cholesterol. Coconut oil is free of bad cholesterol and trans-fat, which makes it a good choice for seniors who want to eat healthy. Eating this superfood can boost brain health and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. Coconut oil can clear the beta-amyloid protein that accumulates in the brain of seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease. HDL also helps seniors lower their risk of strokes. Experiencing a stroke could cause your loved one to experience cognitive decline at a faster rate. 

Recovering from a stroke, managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and a variety of other health-related situations can make it difficult for a senior to continue living at home without someone there to help. North Broward, FL, live-in care professionals are trained to help seniors who need 24/7 assistance. With the help of a live-in caregiver, your elderly loved one can maintain a higher quality of life while aging in place.

Increases the Body’s Insulin 

Diabetes causes many complications for older adults, such as damage to their blood vessels. If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes may make the condition worse. Keep in mind this can happen even if your loved one doesn’t have diabetes. Poor body insulin could lead to brain cell atrophy, neurofibrillary tangles, and amyloid plaques, which are all major hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, your loved one will need to eat healthy, exercise, and avoid stressful situations to increase his or her insulin levels.

As a family caregiver, you may not always have the time to create a healthy diet plan for your loved one. Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. North Broward families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation. To learn about our comprehensive, high-quality elderly care plans, give Home Care Assistance a call at 954-906-5161 today.