Hollenbeck Palms

New study says certain diets associated with increased risk of dementia

Diet and overall health are interconnected, sometimes in more ways than people realize. Generally speaking, the better you eat, the more health benefits you will enjoy, including disease prevention. Maintaining a nutritious diet can be difficult at any age. Who can resist the occasional indulgence of a high-calorie meal that falls under the “not-so-healthy” category? Not many people. Adhering to a balanced diet is further complicated for older individuals who experience changes to their metabolism, age-related bone loss and lower calorie needs.

If hot dogs, sausages, fries, cookies, ice cream and other ultra-processed foods comprise more than 20 percent of your dietary intake, the risk for cognitive decline can enter life’s health equation more forcefully, according to a new study. JAMA Neurology conducted a study that found that the region of the brain responsible for executive function, such as decision-making, can be especially prone to decline in those with poor diets. The study discovered that individuals who ate the most ultra-processed foods were at 28 percent higher risk for global cognitive decline. Similar statistical rates are associated with executive function decline when comparing individuals who consumed the most ultra-processed foods with those who ate the least.

As a study of association, scientists caution that the growing body of evidence compellingly connects unhealthy eating with the acceleration of cognitive regression and disease. The study was conducted for a decade, surveying 10,000 people with an average age of 51. Researchers used cognitive testing, such as word recall, word recognition and verbal fluency, in addition to information about the participants’ diets, in their findings.

Simply put, foods high in fat, salt and sugar induce inflammation, which works against the forces that promote healthy aging of the body and brain. Healthy living and disease prevention are likelier life outcomes when people follow a balanced and nutritious diet.

Eating healthy does not have to be complicated. Making foods from fresh ingredients is a general rule of thumb. When people prepare their own meals or have someone who can do it for them, they have greater awareness about what they are putting into their bodies. With greater control of their diets, it will be easier to stay on track, have more energy and feel confident about the long-term health implications associated with a balanced diet.

Hollenbeck Palms Lifestyle and Amenities

Our amenities and environment are designed to enhance the life of every resident. As a key component of this, they enjoy a versatile menu that is made with fresh, seasonal and nutritious ingredients. The cuisine options offer surprises, too. The foods we prepare are globally influenced but are made with locally sourced produce. Additionally, our dietitian can consult with residents on their options, including vegetarian preferences.

Our dining venues are just as appealing as the delicious meals served in them. The Grand Dining Room and Skyline Bistro never disappoint as the backdrop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Each room has a unique personality. The Dining Room is a formal setting that serves a three-course meal. The Bistro includes a veranda patio with sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles and is perfect for a casual and relaxed mealtime.

Here is a sampling of our menu:

  • Furikake salmon
  • Eggplant parmesan
  • Beet salad with apple and blue cheese
  • Gourmet spinach salad

Hensel Memory Enhancement Center at Hollenbeck Palms

Individuals with dementia symptoms often need customized levels of care outside the home. As difficult as it is for a family to decide on seeking outside care for their loved one, it often becomes necessary to do so as dementia symptoms advance. Our compassionate and engaging program offers residents living with dementia symptoms the support they deserve and need. The free-standing Hensel Memory Enhancement Center has two floors, a variety of suites, a spacious dining area, an activity room and an enclosed garden.

Staff members of the Memory Enhancement Center have been trained by the internationally recognized dementia care expert, Laura Wayman, who is known as the “Dementia Whisperer.” Staff work with residents through a method that focuses on compassion, communication and relationship-building as a way to connect and engage in a manner that promotes the resident’s cognitive, physical, spiritual and psychological well-being.

If you have any questions about our Los Angeles memory care facility, email [email protected] or call us at (323) 307-4505.