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10 Ways to Love Your Brain

As per recent statistics, currently about 747,000 Canadians are currently living with Alzheimer's or other dementias. And this number is expected to double in the next two decades.

We at Home Instead Senior Care (Burnaby and South Vancouver) witness first hand the strain these ailments can put on a senior and their families. The sad fact is that a significant number of our senior clients within the Burnaby and South Vancouver communities are afflicted by these diseases and bear the wrath of their impact on one's daily life.

We see family caregivers struggling as they witness the decline in their senior loved one, while grappling to respond effectively to the seniors' enhanced care needs, without the necessary training or experience to manage dementia. In such instances, hiring a trained professional caregiver such as from Home Instead Senior Care, to supplement the family's efforts in caring for the senior is a prudent decision.

What is also helpful is the recent research on cognitive decline and strategies that are showing as helpful to improve the health of one's brain. Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting these useful lifestyle habits. We at Home Instead Senior Care (Burnaby and South Vancouver) strongly recommend these healthy choices and advise our clients and their families to combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. Start now. It's never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits.

Here are the top 10 tips for a healthy brain1:

Shoe Icon.jpgBreak a sweat Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.

Grad Cap Icon.jpgHit the books Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.

No Smoking Icon.jpgButt out Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.

Heartbeat Icon.jpgFollow your heart Evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke — obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes — negatively impact your cognitive health. Take care of your heart, and your brain just might follow.

Helmet Icon.jpgHeads up! Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.

Apple Icon.jpgFuel up right Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Although research on diet and cognitive function is limited, certain diets, including Mediterranean and Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to risk reduction.

Bed Icon.jpgCatch some Zzz's Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.

Brain Icon.jpgTake care of your mental health Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress.

Buddy Icon.jpgBuddy up Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to be part of your local community — if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an after-school program. Or, just share activities with friends and family.

Cards Icon.jpgStump yourself Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.

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1 Courtesy the Alzheimer's Association (Chicago, IL); for full article refer here


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