Boosting the health of your brain is good for every aspect of your life, from your physical health to the wellness of your social circle. Fortunately, studies have shown that we can take steps to improve the health of our brain. In fact, the FINGER Study (Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study)—which followed 1,260 people ages 60 to 77 at risk for dementia—revealed that we can improve, not just maintain, our cognitive ability with lifestyle choices. To help you keep your brain healthy, consider making changes in the following areas.
- Get Going: Did you know that people who stay physically fit in the middle of their lives are 35 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s later in life? Even thirty minutes of walking a day improves brain health in people of all ages.
- Push Yourself: Get your brain active at least three times a week. Try developing a new skill, do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle, or learn a new game. You will grow new neural connections by challenging your brain, putting up to eight extra years between yourself and dementia.
- Skip Stress: Stress is detrimental for your brain, so seek out stress-reducing activities. Spend time with loved ones, pursue a passion, and try meditation or yoga. These activities will keep your brain healthier longer.
SeniorChoices NW in Wilsonville, Oregon is dedicated to serving you in this season of your life. Let us help you find a plan that can help boost your physical and mental fitness. You deserve to have the proper protection in place for the road ahead, so call us today!