When people think about staying fit, they generally think from the neck down. But the health of your brain plays a critical role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling, remembering, working, playing — and even sleeping.
The good news is that emerging evidence suggests there are steps you can take to help keep your brain healthier as you age. These steps might also reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
Physical exercise is essential for maintaining good blood flow to the brain as well as to encourage new brain cells. It also can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes, and thereby protect against those risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Brain Healthy Diet
Research suggests that high cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain cell damage. A low fat, low cholesterol diet is advisable. And there is growing evidence that a diet rich in dark vegetables and fruits, which contain antioxidants, may help protect brain cells.
Social activity not only makes physical and mental activity more enjoyable, it can reduce stress levels, which helps maintain healthy connections among brain cells.
Mentally stimulating activities strengthen brain cells and the connections between them, and may even create new nerve cells.
Article taken from the Alzheimer’s website
The more we learn about dementia and Alzheimer’s the more we can learn what steps to take to help optimize brain health. Visit www.alzheimer.ca for more information.
Alzheimer’s Walk for Memories, Grey/Bruce January 25, 2014 is the date for the upcoming fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society. To register for a walk please visit www.walkformemories.ca The funds raised help support the community with education, information, assessments and counselling.
To make a donation, please visit my pledge page, go to:
OR search for my name under www.walkformemories.ca, Sponsor a walker, and type in my name, Lisa Thurman. Thank you!