10 Ways to Maintain Your Brain

From the Alzheimer’s Association

1. Head First

Good health starts with your brain so don’t take it for granted. It’s one of the most important body organs and needs care and maintenance.

2. Take Brain Health to Heart

Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s.

3. Your Numbers Count

Keep your body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels within recommended ranges.

4. Feed Your Brain

Eat a low-fat, low cholesterol, diet that features dark-skinned vegetables and fruits, foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins E and C, B12, foliate and Omega-3 fatty acids.

5. Work Your Body

Physical exercise keeps the blood flowing and encourages new brain cells. It doesn’t have to be a strenuous activity. Do what you can-walking 30 minutes a day-to keep both body and mind active.

6. Jog Your Mind

Keeping your brain active and engaged increases it vitality and builds reserves of brain cells and connections. Read, write, play games, do crossword puzzles.

7. Connect with Others

Leisure activities that combine physical, mental and social elements are most likely to prevent dementia. Be social, converse, volunteer, join.

8. Heads Up! Protect Your Brain

Take precautions against injuries. Use your car seat belts, un clutter your house to avoid falls, and wear a helmet when cycling.

9. Use Your Head

Avoid unhealthy habits. Don’t smoke, drink excessive alcohol, or use street drugs.

10. Think Ahead-Start Today!

You can do something today to protect your tomorrow.