An Alzheimer's Free Brain is an Active Brain

September 1, 2016

             As of now, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s nor is there a guaranteed way to prevent Alzheimer’s. However, many studies have shown that regular mental stimulation can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Your brain is the most powerful organ in your body. Keeping your brain active will protect it from the damage Alzheimer’s can wreak on it.

Here are three simple ways you can maintain a healthy brain thus lowering your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease:

1)   Being physically active: In addition to the many reasons why exercise is important for the rest of your body (which we go over in another post you can read by clicking here,) it’s also good for your brain. Your brain is being put to work by coordinating every single step and lift you take during an exercise session.

2)   Being a social butterfly: Something as simple as talking to someone can be taken for granted. For kids and adults, we’re in environments like school and work where we are talking for prolonged periods of time to many different people. For some senior citizens, especially those who have no family or caretakers tending to them, having regular conversations with anyone is so meaningful. Some seniors just aren’t in environments where they can strike up a friendly conversation with someone. And that kind of loneliness could lead to depression and dementia. Chatting with people can help stimulate the production of mood-boosting chemicals in your brain and keeps the brain engaged so you can keep the conversation flowing. 

3)   Learning something new: The classic idiom “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is wrong for dogs and wrong for humans. You are never too old to learn something new. Whether it’s a new skill, language, or hobby, the time it takes for you to practice acquiring this knowledge requires focused concentration that keeps your brain active and engaged.

These are but a handful of ways you can keep your brain active. Each of our facilities have jam-packed event calendars filled with many activities our residents can participate in to stay active and mentally sharp. 

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