Posted by Rebecca Ruiz, M.S. on 3/16/2023 to
The aging process can affect brain function, but there are steps seniors can take to maintain their cognitive health.
As we age, it's natural for our cognitive abilities to decline. However, there are steps we can take to maintain our brain health and cognitive function. In this newsletter, we'll cover some of the best practices for keeping your brain sharp and healthy.
- Exercise Regularly: Exercise has been shown to have numerous benefits for the brain. It helps to increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain, promotes the growth of new brain cells, and strengthens neural connections. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking or swimming, on most days of the week.
- Engage in Mentally Stimulating Activities: Keeping your brain active with mentally stimulating activities can help to improve cognitive function and prevent cognitive decline. This can include activities such as reading, puzzles, board games, and learning new skills.
- Maintain Social Connections: Social isolation and loneliness have been linked to cognitive decline in seniors. Maintaining social connections with friends and family can help to keep the brain active and engaged. Consider joining a club or volunteer group, or simply staying in touch with loved ones regularly.
- Get Enough Sleep: Sleep is essential for brain health and cognitive function. Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night and try to establish a regular sleep routine to help your body get into a healthy sleep pattern.
- Eat a Healthy Diet: A healthy diet rich in fresh foods and proteins can help to support brain health. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish such as salmon, have been shown to be particularly beneficial for the brain.
Remember, it's never too late to start taking care of your brain health. By incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you can help to keep your brain sharp and healthy for years to come.