7 Simple Tips to Maintain Your Brain Health & Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is getting more and more prevalent these days. Based on the latest 2019 report released by the Alzheimer’s Association, it is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

For the many of us who are concerned about how to maintain our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, look no further — here are seven simple tips you can incorporate into your daily life today! 

First off, sleep is important.

Lack of sleep can cause an increase in beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Socialize. Happiness and brain health go hand in hand.

The benefits of being socially active are countless. Aside from keeping your brain healthy and improving your overall mental well-being, connecting socially with others on a regular basis also boosts your mood and keeps you happy day-to-day. The Alzheimer Society of Canada shares some great tips on how to be socially active here.

If you drink, do so in moderation.

Heavy consumption of alcohol has proven adverse effects on the brain, both short-term and long-term. Brain damage is one such effect of excessive drinking, and can eventually lead to the development of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia

Get out and exercise!

It can never be overstated — exercise is always good for you! The benefits also extend to your brain health. Studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise can significantly reduce the risks of cognitive decline in later life. 

Good mental health is vital for good brain health.

Stress is a significant contributing factor to cognitive decline. Try your best to keep your stress levels low to protect both your mental health and your brain health.

Hobbies keep your brain stimulated.

Daily participation in hobbies keeps your brain stimulated and active, reducing the risk of dementia later in life.

Keep your head safe!

Always wear helmets when participating in activities that may pose a risk of head injury. Cycling, skateboarding, riding a motorcycle, and contact sports like hockey and football are just some of the few activities for which you should always wear a helmet.

With the simple lifestyle adjustments mentioned above, you can take the best care of your brain health, and also reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s!

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Danielle Clarke is an experienced content writer and editor from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a keen interest in topics surrounding brain health, particularly Alzheimer's disease. Danielle obtained her B.Sc in Cognitive Systems: Computational Intelligence & Design from the University of British Columbia.