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