June is Alzheimer’s and brain health month! This observance helps us remember that the research to cure Alzheimer’s is still ongoing and that brain health is essential to living a healthy life. Here are some key things to keep in mind to ensure your brain stays healthy.

Exercise Regularly

Physical activity helps increase blood flow to the body and brain. Studies show that there is a link between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.

Continue Learning

Try taking an online or college course to learn something new and keep your brain stimulated. Try something new such as painting or putting together a puzzle to keep your mind active.

Heart Health

Research shows that the risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure can also contribute to cognitive decline.

Practice Safe Habits

Always wear a seat belt while in a car, be sure to always wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, and wear recommended protective gear when playing any sports. Doing this will help you avoid brain injury caused by accidents.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Try to increase your fruit and vegetable intake by replacing a fatty item with your favorite fruit or veggie.

Get Enough Sleep

Your sleep health can have an impact on your cognitive abilities so be sure to get enough quality sleep.

Quick Tips

  • Living a heathy lifestyle can contribute to reduced risk of cognitive decline
  • Be sure to practice safe habits in daily living such as wearing a seat belt or helmet when necessary
  • Keep your mind active by trying something new
  • Be social by making time for friends and family

 

Sources: Alzheimer’s Association. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.