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Healthy Aging | 06/12/20
Fifty million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, giving us the opportunity to raise awareness and maintain the global conversation about the importance of brain health.
During the month of June, you are encouraged to take time to advocate for and support the fight to end
Alzheimer’s. You can do so by donating to organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and researching the ways this disease impacts the lives of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their families.
Another thing you can do is to find resources and examples of ways you are able to take care of your brain. To help get you started, we at Meadow Lakes have pulled together a few ways you are able to naturally improve your brain health.
Participating in Activities: Perhaps the most common and effective way to exercise your brain is through engaging hobbies and continuing education opportunities. Studies have found that these kinds of activities help to stimulate nerve cells and may even help the brain generate new cells. Healthy brain activities include:
Connecting with Others: Connecting with your community is beneficial to your health in so many ways, including increasing mental stimulation. In fact, studies show that positive relationships can help protect against memory loss.
Eating Foods for Your Brain Health: A healthy diet doesn’t only affect your physical health. Our brain functions best when we choose a balanced diet, leading to proper brain development, improved memory and protection from brain damage.
Exercising Your Body to Exercise Your Mind: Harvard Medical School found that regular physical exercise “helps maintain healthy blood pressure and weight, improves energy, lifts mood, lowers stress and anxiety, and keeps the heart healthy, all of which contribute to brain health.” Not only are you doing your body some good, but you’re keeping your mind sharp, as well.
Maintain Regular Doctor Appointments: Discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider when it comes to your brain health. Also, be sure to check vital signs such as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol to ensure optimal overall health.
At Meadow Lakes, we look at the holistic wellness of a person, and this includes brain health. Along with raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions, we encourage you to take part in supporting your own brain health and cognitive function though healthy dining options, engaging activities and socialization opportunities where neighbors become close friends.
Learn more about healthy living in our community by contacting our team today.