June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. And it’s never been more important than now, as we begin to come out from the pandemic and researchers double down on their focus to find a cure.
At our Anthem Memory Care communities we never stop our ongoing pursuit of new therapeutics, technologies and the latest methods to optimize the lives our residents and families.
As we work together to put the spotlight on brain health this month, it is important for all of us to understand our own roles in promoting health for ourselves as well as loved ones living with dementia.
How can you optimize brain health? It’s easier than you might think! Following are five key tips we’ve collected from the Alzheimer’s Association as well as from our own resources:
- Eat brain healthy foods. For example, foods like salmon and avocados are high in Omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation throughout the body. Foods that are low in fat and high in vegetable content can help reduce the rate of cognitive decline.
- Exercise regularly. This is critical! Our Anthem Memory Care communities are diligent about getting our residents up and moving. We know how important it is to keep muscles strong and plenty of healthy oxygen flowing. A big part of our commitment to wellness involves maintaining physical health as well as emotional health. Exercise helps accomplish both!
- Challenge your mind. Whether it’s solving puzzles, playing computer games, card games, or learning a new skill; all are great ways to keep your mind active and improve agility.
- Get proper sleep. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep can lead to serious issues such as sleep apnea. This can impair the brain’s ability to process properly. At least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep is needed for the brain to re-charge.
- Stay socially engaged. Much has been written about the negative impact that social isolation can have on cognition. Studies have shown that, especially in earlier stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a broader base of social experiences may help slow down the progression of memory loss.
If you haven’t already, now is a great time to get involved! The Alzheimer’s Association has an abundance of resources and information on local events and volunteer activities to help you and other family members of those living with dementia understand the disease and learn how to better support your loved ones. You should also thumb through the pages of this blog for more insights, helpful hints and other information to help you cope more effectively with dementia.
While June may put a special focus on brain health and Alzheimer’s disease, we believe that every day awareness is needed to not only live stronger each day, but to continue research into finding a cure.