Often, people believe that their cognitive future has already been decided by hereditary components or fate. They believe that nothing can be done to affect whether or not they will encounter cognitive challenges as they age. However, research suggests that a brain that remains active and well cared for may have the best chance at remaining healthy throughout life. Trilogy would like to share these suggestions for activities that could prove beneficial for your brain!
Maximize educational opportunities. Continuing to learn as an adult, through formal course work or through self-study, is very beneficial to the mind!
Exercise the brain. Challenge your brain not only with simple cognitive tasks you enjoy, but also with tasks/brain puzzles that might be more difficult. This may be the best way to truly help your brain develop a “cognitive reserve”.
Exercise the body. Lower weight, lower cholesterol levels, lower sugar levels and better cardiovascular health may potentially decrease your risk of developing some types of dementia.
Eat a healthy diet. Diets that are rich in antioxidants, low in fat, and high in Omega-3’s have been said to increase brain health.
Socialize. Human beings are social creatures, and as such, we tend to thrive on contact with one another. Ensuring that we don’t isolate ourselves as we get older and less mobile can be important to keeping our brains in top shape.
Do something out of the ordinary. Our brains thrive on novel experiences. So, travel to a new place, take a different route home, brush your teeth with the other hand, or do anything that is different from what you do on a regular basis to stimulate your brain!
Reduce stress. Too much stress experienced over too long a period of time may increase one’s risk of developing dementia later in life. So, if you can’t avoid stress, be certain to develop some effective stress-reducing strategies for yourself.
Be on the lookout for an announcement about special BrainFIT classes beginning soon at our Trilogy campuses! Communities who have already experienced the complimentary five-week course had a blast learning how to optimize their brain health and we think you will too! Find a Trilogy community near you and give us a call today!
“The BrainFIT Resident Handbook is an excellent compilation of all the major factors that you need to know to keep you brain healthy. Trilogy Health Services has included quizzes, brain puzzles, helpful lists, and step-by-step guides to make learning about brain health fun at the same time very informative. I recommend it highly!”
- John B. Arden, PhD, author of The Brain Bible and Rewire Your Brain