5 Ways to Exercise Your Brain

In 1983, President Ronald Regan initiated the observance of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month which is now recognized every June. This effort was to increase involvement in recognition of the diseases as well as the ripple effects.

Alzheimer’s Disease is currently ranked as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.

If you are looking for some ways to keep your brain active, here are a few tips:

  1. Exercise! Engage in regular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body.

  2. Healthy Diet – Eating a balanced diet low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables may help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

  3. Sleep – Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.

  4. Get Social – Staying socially active may help support brain health.

  5. Activate your mind – Complete a puzzle, learn a new game, or do something artistic. Challenging your mind may have long and short-term benefits.

Thinking about your brain health can start at any time.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/aging/aginginfo/alzheimers.htm