Keeping your brain healthy as you age can be as simple as reading the newspaper, eating leafy green vegetables, and taking a walk three times a week. That’s according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In fact, research has shown that combining good nutrition with mental, social, and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity.
Here are some simple strategies from reputable sources for keeping your mind healthy as your body slows down:
- Learn Something New. Engaging the mind can help older brains maintain healthy functioning. Specifically, senior citizens in the Rochester, MN area can spur the growth of new brain cells by doing the following activities: reading a good book, tackling the daily crossword puzzle, drawing, coloring, or surfing the Internet.
- Eat a healthy diet. The Mediterranean diet – a very heart-healthy diet of fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and beans – reduced Alzheimer’s risk by 34 to 48% in recent studies conducted by Columbia University.
- Exercise regularly. If you only do one thing to keep your brain young, it should be exercise, say researchers at the University of Illinois. And, the amount of exercise that elderly folks perform weekly doesn’t have to be tantamount to training for a marathon. That’s because as little as 15 minutes of regular exercise three times per week can help maintain the brain.
- Maintain social connections. Stay emotionally connected to friends or family members to help lower dementia risk and to enjoy a more fulfilling life. Other ways to engage include visiting the local senior citizen’s center, attending church services, or utilizing the excellent home care services offered by Comfort Health in Rochester and the surrounding areas. In addition to assisting with personal cares or light housekeeping duties, Comfort Health’s home health aides provide loving and interesting companionship and friendship.
- Decrease your risks. Chronic health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, are often associated with dementia. Consider this: Diabetes approximately doubles the risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. To keep your brain healthy, visit your doctor regularly and take all medications as prescribed.
Other ways to keep your brain young include listening to music, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol usage, maintaining good posture, and getting adequate sleep.
Comfort Health provides high-quality home health aides, skilled nursing, and therapy to folks in their own homes and in assisted-living facilities in the Rochester, MN, area. For additional information, visit www.comforthealth.org or call 800-204-2332. Our well-trained and caring staff members are on call to make sure that you or your loved one is well cared for.
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