It is likely common knowledge that focusing on nutrition and exercise can help you stay physically fit, but what about your brain? After all, the three-pound powerhouse is responsible for controlling all functions of the body.
Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women, but scientists aren’t exactly sure why.
The Alzheimer’s Association nationally recognizes June as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Known as the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that causes a continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills.
According to the National Institute of Aging, brain changes related to dementia from Alzheimer’s disease start a decade or more before symptoms appear
, offering a chance to prevent or delay memory loss and other symptoms.
Start prioritizing your brain health today. Incorporate preventative measures to keep yourself fit, mentally and physically:
- Sleep - Almost every type of tissue and system in your body is affected by sleep. During sleep, your brain forms and maintains pathways that help you learn, create new memories, concentrate and respond quickly.
- Change your routine – Find a new route to work or new trail to walk on. Keep your mind challenged by navigating an unfamiliar situation.
- Move your body – Regular exercise increases blood and oxygen flow in the brain which helps it function.