Taking care of your body is key to healthy aging; however, what we often overlook is our brain health. Maintaining brain health early on can help prevent cognitive decline as we age.
Keep reading to learn more about maintaining a healthy brain!
Maintain a healthy blood pressure
Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is good for your general health, but did you know it’s also good for your brain? High blood pressure can cause structural damage in the brain, which could cause cognitive decline down the line.
As a general rule, try to keep your blood pressure under 120/80; however, it’s also important to speak with your primary care physician to see what’s best for you. To maintain a healthy blood pressure, try to cut down your salt intake, increase your physical activity, maintain a healthy weight, and check your blood pressure regularly.
Be physically active
Physical exercise has numerous health benefits, including maintaining brain health. You don’t need to lift weights to be physically active! Try going for a walk, taking a yoga class, or visiting one of our local senior activity centers!
You can learn more about the senior activities offered in our senior activity centers here.
Get enough sleep
According to the CDC, one third of adults in the United States report they don’t get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can cause several health issues, including depression and heart disease. Sleep deprivation can be dangerous in other ways, like falling asleep behind the wheel. Make sure you’re getting a full night’s sleep for your brain!
Engaging in conversation and spending time with others is another great way to maintain brain health. Social isolation is detrimental to the brain and could lead to dementia. Social interaction is important to keep your brain moving! Talk with friends and spend time with your family if you’re able!
We work with local senior activity centers to provide home-delivered meals and social interactions. Call us at 479-783-4500 to learn more!
A healthy brain can lead to a healthy life. It’s important to treat your brain like a muscle and keep exercising it. Maintaining brain health can lead to a better quality of life. Happy exercising and happy aging!