Brain Health Tips
Growing evidence shows that making behavioral and lifestyle changes can help you maintain cognition and brain health later in life.
It’s a fact: your brain ages just like the rest of your body.
Research suggests there are six critical elements to aging successfully and maintaining your brain health as you age, including:
Staying physically active;
Managing your blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels to reduce and manage your risk for cardiovascular disease;
Talking with family members about any changes you've noticed in your cognitive abilities or memory. Ask your family to tell you about any changes they may have noticed;
Talking with your doctor about your health conditions and the medications and supplements you take that may impact your cognitive health;
Staying socially and intellectually engaged; and
Getting the recommended amount of sleep.
Maintaining Brain Health
While some factors affecting brain health cannot be changed, research suggests there are steps to help maintain brain health as you age, including:
- Staying physically active;
- Reducing and managing the risk for cardiovascular diseases by managing blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol levels;
- Regularly discussing any noticeable changes in cognitive abilities or memory with family members;
- Regularly reviewing current health conditions with a physician and talking about any medications and supplements being taken that may impact cognitive health;
- Staying socially and intellectually engaged; and
- Getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night as recommended.
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