As we age, we need to think about keeping our brains in shape, too. Follow these tips to help keep your brainand your bodyvibrant and healthy throughout your life.
What to do:
|Exercise your body regularly, and get involved in fun, physically active leisure pursuits.
Stay socially engaged with friends, family and your community.
Eat a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids (see recipe below)
Keep your mind exercised! Engage in active learning and pursue new experiences.
Maintain a positive attitude and a sense of control over your life.
Take steps to manage stress at work and at home.
Mind your numbers: lose extra pounds, lower high cholesterol, and keep your blood glucose and blood pressure under control.
Get adequate sleep.
Get medical attention for any potential health problems.
|Recognize that occasional memory slips (like forgetting a name or where you put the keys) are entirely normal
What not to do:
Drink to excess, smoke, or use illicit drugs.
Ignore sudden changes in mental status.
Avoid going to the doctor if you notice changes in your physical or mental health.
Overlook the possibility of prescription drug interactions that can affect mental functioning.
Think you’re too old to take up something new!
Source: Staying Sharp (AARP and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives)