The simple answer is YES.
Do you feel at times you are “losing it”?
Maybe you walk into a room and can’t remember why?
Ever misplaced your keys/reading glasses?
Gotten in your car and needed to go back into the house because you forgot something – ever done that twice for the same trip?
It’s an important topic to explore. Unfortunately, as we age, we witness our parents and their friends growing older too - many with cancer, memory loss, dementia and some with Alzheimer’s. It’s scary and frightening because our own mortality is more evident than ever.
Some Facts about Alzheimers
Here are some quick facts about Alzheimer’s from the Alzheimer’s Association - Read more...
- Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th Leading Cause of Death in the United States.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
- Between 2000 and 2015 deaths from heart disease have decreased by 11% while Alzheimer’s have increased by 123%.
- In 2018, Alzheimer’s and other dementia's will cost the nation $277 billion. By 2050, these costs could rise as high as $1.1 Trillion.
The numbers are staggering. I find myself pausing. Did you know that 2/3 of these are women?
Tips for Keeping Your Brain Young
Get with the program! Each of us should feel an obligation to ourselves, our family and friends to take optimum care of ourselves as well as understand the impact of brain health has on our community.
Harvard Medical School published a recent article with 12 ways to keep your brain young. Read more...
The top 3 are:
- Mental Stimulation – “Any mentally stimulating activity should help to build up your brain. Read, take courses, try "mental gymnastics," such as word puzzles or math problems.Experiment with things that require manual dexterity as well as mental effort, such as drawing, painting, and other crafts.”
- Physical Exercise – “Research shows that using your muscles also helps your mind. Animals who exercise regularly increase the number of tiny blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood to the region of the brain that is responsible for thought. Exercise also spurs the development of new nerve cells and increases the connections between brain cells (synapses). This results in brains that are more efficient, plastic, and adaptive, which translates into better performance in aging animals. Exercise also lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, helps blood sugar balance and reduces mental stress, all of which can help your brain as well as your heart.”
- Improve Your Diet -“ Good nutrition can help your mind as well as your body.”
I love these tips to help our brain health and even more so because there isn’t a cure, at the time I wrote this article, for Alzheimer’s. If I am in somewhat of control of my brain health, I’m going to take advantage of this knowledge.
Here are some of my own tips:
- Stay Organized – Work very hard to have a place for everything. Its helps so much not to misplace small items like keys and glasses.
- Stop Multitasking – When I was younger, I could multitask very well (as best I can remember 😊). As I age, I think it’s overrated. I like to start and finish one task before moving onto another one.
- Plan for Tomorrow – Even though I am older, I still like to wake up very early and exercise. Before bed, I layout my clothes and complete the chores I can – layout breakfast, clean the dog bowls, set-up the coffee, charge my phone next to my workout bag ~ ensuring my keys and glasses are close by.
- Get Good Rest – I think sleep is a key to good health. Recently, I wrote 4 blogs on ways to improve your sleep. Take a look at alisonandco.com
It’s challenging to change, but it’s important. Taking care of yourself can have a dramatic impact on your future health. Don’t overdo it. Adopt one tip at a time, gradually add on, and you will find that it’s not so overwhelming.
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