Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month: 5 Tips to Keep Your Brain Healthy

On June 17, 2024
In Blog

“Worldwide, more than 55 million people are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Early signs include forgetting recent events or conversations, difficulty performing everyday tasks, and changes in personality. The Mayo Clinic reports that, “In advanced stages, severe loss of brain function can cause dehydration, malnutrition or infection.” These complications can be fatal. While there is currently no cure for Altzheimer’s disease, medicines can help improve and slow the progression of symptoms.

Reducing the Risk

It’s true that Alzheimer’s disease can run in families, but the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that healthy lifestyle choices and managing chronic health conditions can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline, even when genetic factors are present. The Alliance for Health Equity and the Equity Health Center connects the Greater Coatesville area to affordable health care and helps you overcome challenges like access, transportation, insurance, and more. We are a philanthropic organization that strives to advance a more equitable, resilient, and healthy Greater Coatesville community.

5 Tips to Keep Your Brain Healthy

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and here are five tips to keep your brain healthy.

  1. Make Healthy Choices: Healthy lifestyle choices mentioned by the CDC to help maintain brain health include quitting smoking, getting enough sleep, being physically active, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight.
  2. Visit the Doctor Regularly: Annual physical exams help to ensure you are maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, and can help to detect potentially serious medical issues in the early stages, even if you feel perfectly healthy.
  3. Stay Engaged: It’s important for older adults to stay engaged in the community. According to the CDC, “When people are socially connected and have stable and supportive relationships, they are more likely to make healthy choices and to have better mental and physical health outcomes.” To learn more, read Forging Connections for Older Residents of the Coatesville Community.
  4. Protect Yourself: The National Institute on Aging reports that the risk of falls and injuries rises with age, which can lead to cognitive decline. Using a helmet to protect your brain when playing sports or riding a bike can help, as well as taking steps to prevent falls.
  5. Flex Your Mind: AARP recommends challenging your mind on a daily basis. Ideas can include reading books, working on mentally stimulating puzzles, enrolling in a class, taking up a new hobby, or playing cards and strategic board games to help keep your brain young and active.

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