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As the population of older adults in the United States continues to climb, so too does the interest in aging well. From fitness activities to heart health, we’ve tackled a variety of successful aging topics. One topic that is always worth examining is the potential relationship between diet and cognitive health.
Older adults in Ikaria, Greece have some of the lowest rates of dementia in the world. Residents over the age of 85 rarely develop any form of the disease. In fact, there are 75 percent fewer incidences of dementia when compared to people of the same age in the United States.
What type of diet do people in this area follow?
For 95 percent of them, the answer is a Mediterranean-style diet. It is rich with plant-based foods and low in saturated fats, dairy, and meat.
You don’t have to look far to find the science to back up this way of eating. In fact, some researchers say that adopting a Mediterranean diet might even help slow cognitive decline for people who are already experiencing it.
How to Get Started on a Mediterranean Diet
Making the transition from a Western diet to a plant-based style of eating might feel overwhelming and intimidating at first, but we have a few tips to help:
Healthy Dining at Sunrise
The culinary teams at Sunrise communities are experts at creating meals that are both nutritious and delicious. We also offer fresh fruit and healthy snacks all day long in our community bistros. Contact us to set up a time to visit for dinner at a Sunrise community near you!