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Healthy Aging | 06/12/20
Every June we recognize Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which allows us the opportunity to raise awareness and maintain the global conversation about the importance of brain health.
Fifty million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions. During the month of June, you are encouraged to take time to advocate for the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease. Whether you decide to do so through donating to the Alzheimer’s Association or through research and understanding the effects of dementia, your support inspires action.
In recognition of this cause, we also encourage you to take part in supporting your own brain health and cognitive function by exploring the following brain health tips for seniors.
Exercise Your Brain: Engaging hobbies and continuing education opportunities allow you to expand your mind and exercise your brain. Studies have found that these kinds of activities help to stimulate nerve cells and may even help the brain generate new cells. Hobbies include reading, learning new recipes and taking courses at a local library or college. You can also regularly engage in memory recall exercises and thinking games, like crossword puzzles and Sudoku.
Participate in Physical Exercise: When you incorporate fitness into your routine, you aren’t only helping your body – you’re helping your mind, as well. 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.”
Eating Foods for Your Brain Health: Our brain functions best when we choose a balanced diet, resulting in positive effects such as proper brain development, improved memory and protection from brain damage.
Connect with Your Community: Humans are hard-wired to crave connections with others. As it turns out, these socialization opportunities benefit your health in numerous ways, including an increase in mental stimulation. Studies even show that positive relationships can help protect against memory loss.
Discuss Brain Health with Your Doctor: Your healthcare provider is a great resource when it comes to ensuring optimal brain health. Along with voicing any concerns you may have, also ask to check vital signs, such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels, for an overall look into your wellness.
At The Oaks at Denville, we focus on helping you live the happiest, healthiest life you possibly can – and that includes ensuring a healthy mind. 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 numerous onsite amenities and activities. This includes healthy dining options, engaging continuing education opportunities and social events where neighbors become close friends.
Contact us today to learn more.