PHARR, TX (May 30, 2018) – Among the many state-of-the-art, integrated care services and amenities offered at The Gardens at Brook Ridge assisted living community in Pharr, TX is an innovative dining program developed by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago that can reduce the risk and progression of dementia and other diseases that impact overall brain and cardiovascular health. Researchers at RUSH have found that the MIND Diet, or the Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurogenerative Delay, may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by as much as 53 percent, and maintain cognitive function equivalent to a person seven and a half years younger.
The diet combines elements of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, both of which have been proven to reduce various cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension, heart attack and stroke. The dining program at The Gardens at Brook Ridge features the top foods recommended on the MIND Diet, including green, leafy vegetables, other non-starchy vegetables, berries, nuts, olive oil, whole grains, fish, beans, and poultry. To the contrary, the meals avoid or limit ingredients such as butter and margarine, cheese, red meat, fried food, and pastries and sweets.
“At The Gardens at Brook Ridge, as well as all of our senior living communities across the country, we are continually researching and implementing advanced new programs and services that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents,” said Luis Serrano, CEO, Sunshine Retirement Living, which manages 20 senior living communities across the country including The Gardens at Brook Ridge. “The MIND Diet has proven to be exceptionally beneficial for overall brain health and our culinary team has ensured that the dining program is not only healthful and nutritious but also delicious.”
The dining program at the community also offers residents several menu choices from which to choose, including a selection of fresh and healthy mid-morning or mid-afternoon refreshments. Additionally, residents receive regular Weight Reviews to ensure nutritional levels are met for optimal health.