How to maintain your brain as you age
Have you ever walked into your bedroom to get something, but once you got there you forgot what you needed to get? Well, those moments seem to increase as we age. Some refer to these times as “senior moments” and others just refer to them as forgetfulness. Memory lapses can occur at any age and at any moment, but studies show that we can take a few simple steps to keep our brain sharp and in good health.
Five ways you can maintain your brain health as you age:
- Stay physically active.
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Keep learning.
- Stay socially active.
Stay physically active.
It is important that you do not get complacent and live a sedentary lifestyle. Getting your blood pumping is a great way to keep your body moving and active. Walking with a friend or pet is a simple yet great way to stay active every day.
The chemicals in cigarettes do not provide any positive changes to your brain health. If you can, quit smoking as soon as possible, and if you need extra help don’t be afraid to visit your doctor.
Eat a balanced diet.
The food pyramid was put in place so that we could eat the recommended about of each food group per day. These food groups provide vitamins and nutrients that are essential for the body to function as well as brain health.
No matter your age, it is important that you keep learning! Reading, completing puzzles, picking up a new hobby, writing, and volunteering are all great ways to keep your brain active and healthy.
Stay socially active.
Are you making connections? Things such as holding hands can send positive triggers and chemicals to the brain. The saying goes, “if you don’t use it, you lose it” still holds true. It is important that you foster the relationships you already have, and make new friends as well. If you are looking for ways to stay socially active try volunteering, stopping for lunch at a coffee shop or walking your dog in the park.
Don’t forget to make the time to take care of your own health. Maintaining your brain health is important as you age to help reduce the risk of dementia.
We hope we provided a few ideas to help you maintain your brain health as you age! Always remember to talk to your doctor or physician before starting any diet or exercise plan. If you or a close family member needs assisted living, long-term living, or rehabilitation services be sure to give us a call at (937) 319-8924.