Current research indicates that lifestyle choices have significant impact on long term brain health. Though we cannot control all risk factors, like age and heredity, we can make a positive impact with our lifestyle choices. Eating healthy, getting regular exercise, keeping your brain engaged and staying socially connected may help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Implementing these tips can help make a difference in your brain health.
Incorporating a healthy diet into our lives is beneficial at any age.
Staying physically active is healthy for your heart and your brain. The brain needs oxygen and a healthy blood supply to work at its best. Thirty minutes of exercise five or more times a week is recommended. The exercise does not need to be strenuous. Find something that you enjoy and can fit into your own lifestyle. For example:
Challenging your brain is a great way to stay sharp. Find things that interest you and are fun. Some ideas: Do puzzles such as crosswords or number games
People who regularly engage in social activities may be less vulnerable to depression, and some research has shown that social interaction may also help keep the brain vital and healthy. Find ways to maintain friendships and stay connected to others by:
Staying active in your faith community Volunteering for a local charity, school, or other cause Joining a social club or a traveling group Taking a class
This article can be found in the January 2021 Richland Center Office Newsletter