Brain Awareness Week
Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is this week. It is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. BAW is coordinated by the Dana Foundation, and according to their website, "BAW began in 1996... with the theme that brain research is the hope for treatments, preventions, and possible cures for brain diseases and disorders and to ensure a better quality of life at all ages."
The Alzheimer's Association offers the following tips to keep your brain healthy and help reduce your risk of some dementias:
Exercise your body to keep your brain in shape. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain and helps to stimulate learning, mood, and thinking. It is proven to have the strongest correlation to helping reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s.
Control your numbers: keep your blood pressure, weight and sugar levels within healthy ranges. Be sure to speak regularly with your doctor.
Eat a healthy, low fat diet. Try the Mediterranean Diet and see how good you feel!
Get plenty of sleep. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Sleep affects tissues and systems in the body, so the brain is affected by sleep.
Spend time with other people. Recently, there has been accumulating evidence that socializing is good for your brain’s health. Those who connect with others generally perform better on tests of memory and other cognitive skills. Increase your social life.
Exercise your brain. It’s like any other muscle. Try something new and challenging that makes it work hard.