Tips for Maintaining Your Brain Health

  • Maintain a cognitively active lifestyle: “Use it or lose it!”
    • Continue using your problem-solving ability
    • Continue challenging your memory
    • Learn to do new things (creates new synaptic connections)
  • Maintain a heart-healthy diet (which is also a brain-healthy diet)
    • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and unsaturated oils
    • Cut back on red meat, saturated fats and sugars
  • Get some kind of aerobic exercise — one of the most import things for brain health
    • Increases synaptic connections, stimulating brain activity
    • Get your heart rate up for 30 minutes, three times a week, even if it’s just sitting on the sofa moving your arms
    • Walking is great exercise; get yourself a little bit winded; and if you can't walk, try exercising your arms while seated
  • Decrease cardiovascular risk factors
    • Maintain a healthy weight
    • No smoking
    • Control blood pressure and cholesterol
    • Control risk factors for diabetes
  • Continue a social lifestyle
    • Have a social network of friends
    • Don’t become isolated
    • Maintain friendships to provide fellowship, stress relief and cognitive stimulation

Working particular kinds of puzzles and watching certain game shows can help you recall knowledge you wouldn’t normally have at hand. Try these brain-building exercises:

  • Crossword puzzles
  • Card games
  • Board games
  • "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune"

For further information on keeping your brain vigorous, read the book "Brain Health & Wellness" by Paul Nussbaum.

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