What are some of the benefits of an appointment at the Memory Care Center?
- Identify treatable causes of memory changes
- Manage symptoms with medication and other interventions
- Open access to valuable support services and education
- Allow planning for the future
Regular exercise improves blood flow to the brain and can enhance learning and memory. It can also improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety. Exercise keeps the cardiovascular system healthy. A healthy heart = A healthy brain! Exercise is one of the few interventions that has been proven to improve brain function, even better than any medication. The earlier you start, the better but it is never too late to add more activity to your day.
You are what you eat! Eating healthy foods reduces inflammation in the brain. Adding foods rich in antioxidants can help balance the harmful effects of lifestyle and the environment which cause inflammation of the brain. This means adding lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and proteins to your diet. This also means reducing your intake of flour, sugar, and packaged foods. The MIND diet is a healthy template to follow and studies have shown that it can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 35 to 53 percent. Click the image to the right to print your MIND diet handout.
Controlling medical risk factors is important for maintaining brain health. Make sure you see a health care provider regularly to treat problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, depression, high cholesterol, smoking and excessive alcohol intake. These are all known contributors to dementia. A healthy body = A healthy brain.
Sleep and Relaxation
Sleep and relaxation are very important aspects of brain health. Getting restful sleep at night helps to improve energy, mood, the immune system, and may even help reduce buildup of an abnormal protein called beta-amyloid plaque. The buildup of this plaque in the brain is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are not sleeping well or you snore loudly at night, talk to your health care provider.
Keeping your mind active is a critical aspect of long term brain health. Mental exercises which challenge your mind can improve the brain’s functioning. Participate in daily activities such as reading, playing cards, completing brain games, or take a class to learn a new skill. Flex your mind muscle to keep it strong!
Staying socially active can help memory loss. Spend time with others, engage in conversation and participate in family or community events as much as possible.