Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June 3, 2024

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Nearly 7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is projected to double to 14 million by 2060, according to the CDC. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. It is a progressive disease that affects your memory and ability to carry out daily activities.

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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is a great time to focus on maintaining and improving brain health. Here are five healthy habits to support your brain:

  1. Exercise regularly: Boost blood flow to the brain and stimulate new brain cell growth with exercise. Activities like walking, swimming, and dancing are excellent ways to support a healthy mind.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Diet: Nourish and safeguard your brain with a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins, and minerals.
  3. Keep Your Brain Active: Mental stimulation will help you form new neural connections by:
    • Learning new skills or languages.
    • Playing strategy games like chess or puzzles.
    • Reading diverse books and articles.
    • Engaging in creative activities like painting or writing.
  4. Get Quality Sleep: Getting enough sleep will ensure optimal brain function. Try establishing a consistent nighttime routine by aiming for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
  5. Stay Socially Engaged: Prevent cognitive decline by staying socially active through activities like:
    • Spending time with loved ones.
    • Joining interest-based clubs or groups.
    • Volunteering in the community.

Incorporating these habits into your daily life can greatly benefit your brain health, lowering the risk of cognitive decline and conditions like Alzheimer’s.


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