Tips and Tricks for A Healthy Brain

Posted on

Sep 15, 2021

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In honor of Alzheimers and Brain Awareness Month, we thought wed share some common tips and tricks to improve your body and your mind. Studies persistently demonstrate that adopting these key lifestyle habits can help reduce older adults risk of cognitive decline. Its never too late to make a change and start including these activities in your daily routine!


Exercise!

Exercise elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body.The CDC recommendsthat older adults engage in two and a half hours of moderate aerobic activity per week, and muscle strengthening activity twice per week. Studies have shown a link between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.



Activate your mind!

Challenge yourself with a jigsaw puzzle, sudoku, or a crossword. Play games that make you think strategically, like bridge. Pushing yourself in these ways may have long and short-term benefits for your brain.Talk to usabout our Aging Mastery Kits, which were able to offer free of charge for a limited time.


Eat right!

Eating a diet thats high in fruits and vegetables and low in fat can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Theres some evidence that following aMediterranean-style dietmay lower your risk of developing dementia.



Get enough sleep!

Its a common myth that older adults need less sleep than the rest of the population. Actually, not getting enough sleep can produce difficulties with memory and cognitive function.



Quit smoking!

Smoking increases your risk of cognitive decline, and quitting can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked. If you need help, talk to theColorado QuitLinetoday!


Stay socially engaged!

Staying involved in meaningful relationships and connected to your community supports brain health. Find activities that are meaningful to you. If youre able, considervolunteering, either with Aging Resources or for another cause that you connect with. If youre feeling isolated, talk to us about ourcompanionship services.

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