Today we would like to discuss this helpful brochure, Brain Health You Can Make a Difference! which was developed by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) through ElderCare.gov. As you know, the brain is one of the most important parts of the body to keep healthy.
As seniors age, it becomes apparent that their memory and learning ability may begin to decline. As the brochure discusses, the good news is your senior can improve their brain power by following these tips:
- Visit the doctor for recommended health screenings
- Work to improve conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
- Eat healthy. Make sure the senior in your life is eating healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and is monitoring the consumption of fat, sugar and salt.
- Discuss if any medications have side effects on their brain health with their doctor
- Ensure they are having an active social life
- Stay active and exercise for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes per week. Physical activity is known to:
- Reduce conditions such as heart disease, depression and stroke
- Improve brain cell connections
- Improve balance and coordination to prevent falls
- Limit or quit drinking alcohol or smoking
Although Family Bridges does not provide health care or advice, these tips from the ACL may be helpful to improve your senior’s brain health. Our Cincinnati based private duty home care services can help assist your senior stick to a healthy lifestyle while working with suggestions from you or their health care professional.