Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. As we age, it’s important to take care of our mind and reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is a progressive disease that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. There is no cure, but early detection and management can help improve quality of life for those affected.
So, what can we do to promote brain health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline? Here are a few tips:
Stay physically active: Exercise is good for the body and the brain. Regular physical activity can help improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia.
Eat a healthy diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Studies have also shown that a Mediterranean-style diet may be particularly beneficial.
Stay mentally active: Keep your brain engaged by doing puzzles, playing games, or learning something new. Mental stimulation can help improve cognitive function and may reduce the risk of dementia.
Stay socially active: Social isolation and loneliness can have negative effects on cognitive function. Stay connected with friends and family, join a club or organization, or volunteer in your community.