Changes with your brain health happen slowly over time and aren’t always easy to detect. Changes in your ability to process, learn, or remember can be caused by stress, depression, loneliness, hearing and vision loss, and financial problems, among other difficulties.
It’s never too soon, or too late, to protect your brain health. There is increasing evidence that taking steps now can help minimize the effects of cognitive aging and help you age successfully.
What can you do to maintain your brain health and age successfully?
- Stay physically active.
- Reduce and manage your risk for cardiovascular diseases by managing your blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol levels.
- Regularly discuss any noticeable changes in your cognitive abilities or memory with family members. Ask them to tell you and your doctor about the changes they may have noticed.
- Regularly review with your physician the health conditions you have and the medications and supplements you take that may impact your cognitive health.
- Stay socially and intellectually engaged.
- Get the recommended amount of sleep.