As we age – 4 steps to keeping your brain active

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As we age – 4 steps to keeping your brain active

Posted on July 19, 2010

Losing our mental capacity as we age is something that most people dread. It is possible to keep your brain active and maintain a good quality of life throughout the aging process. Food, nutrition, physical and social activities all play a role in keeping our brains active. Brain games and activities will keep our brain stimulated and help keep the aging brain active.

  • Stay physically active

Physical exercise is essential for maintaining good blood flow to the brain as well as to encourage new brain cells. It also can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes, and thereby protect against those risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

  • Adopt a brain-healthy diet

Research suggests that high cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain cell damage. A low fat, low cholesterol diet is advisable. And there is growing evidence that a diet rich in dark vegetables and fruits, which contain antioxidants, may help protect brain cells.

  • Remain socially active

Social activity not only makes physical and mental activity more enjoyable. It can reduce stress levels, which helps maintain healthy connections among brain cells

  • Stay mentally active

Mentally stimulating activities strengthen brain cells and the connections between them, and may even create new nerve cells.

An in depth discussion with Ms. Rita Altman, R.N., National Director of Memory Care Services for Sunrise Senior Living can also be found here.

For more details and the latest report from the CDC and the Alzheimer’s Association, please click here.