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Wellness: The Brain and Aging

Playing a critical role in everything we do, our brains need their exercise just like our bodies.

As our body ages so do our brains, and therefore, it is important to exercise it and take steps to promote healthy brain function, subsequently reducing risks of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Aging of the brain just means continuing to fine-tune the organ that has been learning since birth to become more efficient.

According to the ACL (Administration for Community Living, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), the chances of developing brain diseases depends on a variety of things. Genetic makeup, certain medicines, smoking, excessive alcohol, and even our lifestyle or daily routines can lead to a higher chance of developing brain disease. In addition, conditions like diabetes, heart diseases, depression, and a brain injury, can also affect brain health.  By taking care of yourself, including eating well, getting enough sleep, and staying physically active, some brain risks can be reduced.

We can reduce our chances of developing a brain disease, by challenging ourselves, breaking routines, and seeking new activities to stimulate our brains. Exercising our body and brain, or starting new hobbies, can result in a new outlook on life and may reduce brain risks. In addition, a diet low in fat and cholesterol, hearty with beans, green peas, and spinach, or foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and Vitamin D, may also help reduce our risk of brain disease and can help lower your risk of Dementia.

Our brain is one of the most important organs in our body, so we need to take care of it and reduce our risk of brain disease or overall diseases. Interested in taking a brain health assessment? Visit AARP’s website: stayingsharp.aarp.org

Sources: ACL, BHS