Healthy Eating and Alzheimer's Disease

Source: National Institutes on Aging

Source: National Institutes on Aging

Eating healthy foods helps everyone stay well. It’s even more important for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Here are some tips for healthy eating.

Buying and Preparing Food

When the person with Alzheimer’s disease lives with you:

  • Buy healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products. Be sure to buy foods that the person likes and can eat.

  • Give the person choices about what to eat—for example, “Would you like green beans or salad?”

  • Buy food that is easy to prepare, such as premade salads and single food portions.

It may be helpful to have someone else make meals or use a service such as Meals on Wheels America, which brings meals right to your home. For more information, contact Meals on Wheels America at 1-888-998-6325 or

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Eat Well to Improve Brain Health

Foods that are good for your heart and your overall health — fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, lean meats and fish — are also good for your brain. Some studies have suggested that specific vitamins and nutrients may also improve brain health.



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The MIND diet has been generating a lot of media buzz lately, and with good reason. MIND combines aspects of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet to create an eating plan focused on brain health—namely the prevention of dementia and age-related cognitive decline.

But the MIND diet also offers other benefits, including reducing the risk of chronic disease and even promoting weight loss. Research supports its effectiveness, and it can be followed by anyone. No wonder MIND made U.S. News and World Reports best diets of 2019 list, which was published earlier this month. Here's how to follow it, what the research says, and potential drawbacks to be aware of.

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