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  • How To Prevent Dementia

    Dementia refers to a spectrum of symptoms affecting thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning.Although there is no sure fire way to prevent dementia, we do know that what’s good for the body is good for the brain. Below are steps that anyone can take to keep their brain healthy and prevent the onset of dementia and other similar diseases.


    • Regular exercise: 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week is all it takes to keep you healthy. This doesn't mean you have to head out to the gym everyday, look for small ways to add more movement into your day. Park at the far end of the parking lot, take the stairs, carry your own groceries, or walk around the block or pace while talking on your cell phone. Muscle building is also good for the brain. Combining aerobics and strength training is better than either activity alone. If you haven't been active in a while, it might be hard to get into the swing of things, but sticking to your new routine for a month will help make it a habit, and in no time, the endorphins will keep you active and moving.

    • Healthy diet: Like the rest of the body, the brain needs proper nutrition to function at its fullest potential. Focus on eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. Eating habits that reduce inflammation and provide a steady supply of fuel are best. Eating colorful vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, and drinking tea is a great way to make sure your brain is getting all that it needs. Also avoid heavy drinking and smoking as these have been linked to early onset of dementia.

    • Mental stimulation: Those who continue learning new things throughout life and challenging their brains are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Learning a new language or skill is a great way to fire up your neurons. Practicing memorization, and playing puzzles or riddles is a good way to stimulate your mind also.

    • Quality sleep: Sleep is important, not only is it restorative and great for your body, it also feels amazing. Establishing a regular sleep schedule reinforces our natural circadian rhythm and will help you get the best sleep every night. If falling asleep id your problem, try taking a hot bath or doing some light stretches before bed. Avoid using your bed for anything besides sleep and sex, and avoid naps as they may keep you up at night. As these become habit, your nightly ritual will send signals to your brain that it’s time to hit the hay.

    • An Active Social Life: ‘No man is an island’ the popular adage goes. Human beings are highly social creatures. We don’t thrive in isolation, and neither do our brains. Maintaining relationships and making new ones is the best way to make sure you have a great support system.

    • Stress Management: Stress is a great example of how your state of being can affect your health. Make it a priority to relax, breathe and unwind when things get too overwhelming. Find time to take that walk in the park, or take a nice bath, your brain will thank you later.


    Adhering to these six pillars of health, will make your brain healthier and hardier. Leading a brain healthy lifestyle will keep it bright and working stronger for longer.

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