Steps to a healthy brain

Steps to a healthy brain

BRAIN health is important in later life, particularly when it comes to preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia Australia has put together five simple steps to help keep your brain in shape for longer.

While there are no guarantees, research shows people who adopt a healthy lifestyle reduce their dementia risk, as well as prevent chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

1. Look after your heart

Research shows the risk of developing dementia appears to increase as a result of conditions that affect the heart or blood vessels, particularly when these occur at mid-life.

2. Be physically active

Some evidence suggests people who don’t do regular physical activity have an increased risk of developing dementia, though it is still unclear just how much and how often we should exercise specifically to reduce the risk.

3. Mentally challenge your brain

Research shows the brain benefits by having to tackle something it doesn’t know. New activities help to build new brain cells and strengthen the connections between them.

4. Eat healthy

Studies show eating a healthy, balanced diet may help in maintaining brain function.

5. Be social

Getting together with your friends can do your brain good. Research suggests social engagement may contribute to building brain reserve and lower dementia risk. Plus it helps fight against depression.

For more tips visit yourbrainmatters.org.au

Article: thesenior.com.au

Keep active: Regular exercise can help keep your brain healthy and prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Dementia Australia suggests you should be active on most, preferably all, days of the week.

Keep active: Regular exercise can help keep your brain healthy and prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Dementia Australia suggests you should be active on most, preferably all, days of the week.