It’s never too soon, or too late to make changes that will maintain or improve your brain health, changes that may also help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
- Train your brain.
Keeping your body active makes you strong – same thing goes for your brain. Try new things. Challenge your mind with games, puzzles and crosswords. Visit a museum, take a class, play an instrument. Think, connect and engage.
- Stay in touch.
Social interaction appears to have a protective effect against dementia. Volunteer, see your family, join a book club, and spend time with positive people.
- Choose a healthy lifestyle.
Diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity are all risk factors for dementia. Protect your health by eating right, staying active, reducing stress, not smoking and seeing your doctor regularly.
- Protect your head.
Concussions and other brain injuries are a risk factor for the later development of dementia. So drive safely. Avoid falls by installing handrails, removing scatter rugs and keeping paths clear of ice and snow. And always wear a helmet when you’re cycling, skiing, skating and snowboarding.
Healthy brains and bodies withstand illness better. So build your brain health and reduce your risk – find out more at www.alzheimer.ca/brainhealth.