A healthy lifestyle can lead to a healthy brain. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to adopt some beneficial habits to help reduce your risk of cognitive decline. See our list of healthy brain resolutions below for a happy and proactive 2019!
BREAK A SWEAT
Cardiovascular exercise, like walking or swimming, increases blood flow to the brain and raises your heart rate. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.
BECOME A BOOKWORM
Stimulating your mind by taking a class at a local college or community center can help reduce the risk of dementia.
Studies have shown that quitting smoking can reduce the risk of cognitive decline. It’s not too late to quit!
PROTECT YOUR NOGGIN
Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.
A balanced and healthy diet that is higher in vegetables & fruit and lower in fat may help reduce your risk of cognitive decline. Though research on diet and cognitive function is limited, diets such as Mediterranean may contribute to risk reduction.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline. We suggest you seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Stress management can also be a simple first step.
Challenge and stimulate your mind. Complete a jigsaw puzzle, paint your own greeting cards, play games, such as bridge or scrabble. Brain exercise may have short and long-term benefits for your cognitive abilities.
BE A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY
Staying socially engaged may support brain health! Try picking up a literature seminar, exercise class, hobby or social club at a community center to help reduce the risk of dementia.
Inspired by an article published by the Alzheimer’s Association in 2015. Together we can make a difference.