Let’s face it, we all want our minds to last as long as our bodies. Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) are one of the biggest concerns many of us have as we get older. While we’ve been told that all we can do is hope for a pharmaceutical remedy, the truth is far more encouraging. Researchers are racing toward a cure and their focus has broadened toward prevention strategies. To maximize your chances of lifelong brain health and take effective steps to safeguard your cognitive abilities, here are 7 key considerations to adopt for a brain-healthy lifestyle.
- Stay Mentally Active. Try writing with your non-dominant hand. How did that feel? Keep trying, you are literally creating new pathways, or “re-wiring” your brain, which is called neuroplasticity.
- Socialize Regularly. This is especially important if you live alone. Get together with friends or family or stay connected within our community through activities or volunteering.
- Get Organized – Set aside a special and consistent place for your wallet and keys.
- Sleep Well. Most adults need 7-9 hours a day.
- Eat Healthy. Think fruits, veggies, nuts and whole grains. Consider low-fat protein, such as fish and poultry.
- Manage Chronic Conditions. Keeping your blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, kidney and thyroid imbalances in check is strongly recommended. The better you take care of yourself, the better your memory is likely to be.
- Physical Activity. According to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, physical activity can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. What’s more, exercise can also slow further deterioration in those who have already started to develop mild cognitive problems.
If you have been inactive for a while, starting an exercise program can be intimidating. Our team of experienced therapists are able to guide you in creating a personalized physical activity and wellness plan to gradually build up your momentum and self-confidence. Cypress home therapy visits are focused on physical AND cognitive enhancement. Not to mention, we are a pretty fun team of therapists and our 45-minute visits will feel like a social activity.
If you or your loved one should have any questions, please give us a call. We would be happy to answer your questions and help you determine if Cypress would be right for you.