By Dianne Apen-sadler For Mailonline. A pensioner with dementia has made a remarkable recovery after switching to a Mediterranean-style diet high in blueberries and walnuts. But her son, Mark, was determined not to lose another parent and so helped his mother switch diets after realising Mediterranean countries have lower rates of dementia. Sylvia was diagnosed with dementia in December , and Mark said he ‘reached the lowest point of his life’ after she failed to recognise him on a hospital visit. They have always been very close since Mark’s brother and father died. A study by US scientists found that a Mediterranean-style diet gave participants a 30 to 35 per cent lower risk of cognitive impairment. The diet is high in fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts, combined with a moderate amount of oily fish and dairy, but low in meat and saturated fat which can help with both memory and heart problems.
Sylvia had lost her memory and parts of her mind, she had even phoned the police once accusing the nurse who were caring for her of kidnap. Sylvia also began incorporating other health foods, including broccoli, kale, spinach, sunflower seeds, green tea, oats, sweet potatoes and even dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao. All of these foods are known to be beneficial for brain health. Mark and Sylvia devised to diet together after deciding that the medication on its own was not enough, they looked into the research showing that rates of dementia are much lower in Mediterranean countries and copied a lot of their eating habits. According to Mirror. I despaired and never felt so alone as I had no other family to turn to. There were also some cognitive exercises that Mark and his mother would do together like jigsaw puzzles crosswords and meeting people in social situations, Sylvia would also exercise by using a pedaling device outfitted for her chair. For an year-old she does very well, she looks 10 years younger and if you met her you would not know she had gone through all of this.
According to Mirror. Milwaukee shooting: Police hunt shooter after ‘multiple injuries’ in shopping mall incident shooting Several people have been shot in the incident at Mayfair Mall in Wuawatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US, as police hunt an armed person in ‘a very active situation’. How can a Mediterranean-style diet help with dementia? You can unsubscribe at any time. According to Mirror. She can remember birthdays once more, goes to tea dances and can carry out much of her own care needs.