Exercise Your Brain???Why?
I went to a meeting a week ago that the alzheimer's association put on and they say "there is growing evidence that lifestyle can effect your brain health and risk of dementia"....it was truly interesting and I thought I would pass on some of the advice we were given....
Your brain can generate new cells...by stimulating it with challenging mind games. research has found by keeping the brain active it increases its vitality and can build its reserves of braincells and connections.
It isn't necessary to turn your life upside down but simply keep your brain active every day.....here a few ideas they gave us...
...stay curious and involved = lifetime learning
...keep informed about current events
...read, read, read
...tinker with cars, computers or small appliances
...play cards, or board games (the more the merrier) we used to do this a lot before T.V. or Computers
...plant a garden designed by you...containers work well
...write letters and e-mails , keep in contact with people
...build a model or even a piece of furniture
Like the rest of our body, our brain can/may lose some of its agility as you get older...though Science is unlocking many mysteries of the brain they don't have all the answers...and you can do everything "right" and still not prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Like all the other decisions you are free to make to take care of yourself , this is another one...Maintain Your Brain. Genetics and aging are two well-established factors for this disease...and they say 10o/o of those over 65 and 50 o/o over 85 have Alzheimer's. These two factors are one's you can't control.
Make brain-healthy lifestyle choices:
Eat wisely...there is growing evidence that a diet rich in dark vegetables and fruits, which contain antioxidents, may help protect brain cells.
Stay physically active...this helps maintain good blood flow to the brain, which helps protect it.
Keep mentally active...which I already covered.
Stay socially involved...it can reduce stress levels,and helps you physically and mentally feel better, which can help maintain healthy connections among brain cells.
Alzheimer is the man that discovered this disease and under the umbrella of his name is now over 200 kinds of dementia...it is normal to forget certain things...like where are my keys? why did I come into this room? where did I park my car?..but when you forget dates, and people, and how to function daily routine things...you may have a real problem.
There are some medications available that can slow things down..but not yet prevent dementia...and as my mom is in the 3rd and final stage it becomes very sad...but I know she is happy..even if she can't remember...her smile is beautiful and says a lot...I hope this helps someone...:o) Hugs
If you want more imformation you can call 1-800-272-3900 or go to www.alz.org...they are wonderful and so helpfull...G-Ma