Monday Mojo for Caregivers – 4 Ways to Love Your Brain
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. It’s time to show your brain some love! Your brain is the command center of your body — and just like your heart, lungs and other critical organs, it deserves to be a priority when it comes to your health.
Use these 4 tips to help reduce your risk of cognitive decline.
- Exercise and Physical Activity
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.
- Eat Healthy and Take Your Vitamins
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.
- Get Enough Sleep
Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking. Adults need about 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
- Challenge Yourself to Learn New Things
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.
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Monday Mojo for Caregivers and we’ll see you again next week!