It’s September of 2022, and it’s World Alzheimer’s Month. About 1 in every 9 people older than the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease in the United States according to the Alzheimer’s Association. How BREAK can help you improve your brain health and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease!
Boost Yourself with Exercise: Make exercise a part of your daily life. Pick something that you enjoy doing, such as going for a walk in nature or gardening. Do that same activity on a daily basis and it will become second nature. When we make exercise a part of our normal routine, we reduce our risk of memory loss.
Restorative, restful sleep: Sleeping daily for 6-7 hours at night reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 30%. a set schedule for when you go to sleep and when you wake up. You should follow this schedule even on the weekends, as this has been shown to be most beneficial to reducing your risk of dementia.
Eat a Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet: Eating processed foods such as packaged foods, refined grains, excess sugar, or junk food increases your chances of having poor overall health. By incorporating more vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and legumes into your diet and less red meat, this improves your brain health.
Act with Kindness: Build relationships with your family and friends to increase socialization. The emotional connection you build with those around you helps to boost your mood and increase happiness. Socialization reduces your risk of memory changes.
Kindle Your Thirst for Knowledge: Pick out something new that you have always wanted to learn and start working towards that goal. For example, you may start learning that new language you always wanted to or learn how to be a photographer. This helps your brain to stay active and reduces your risk of depression and anxiety, which have been linked to a higher risk of dementia.
About Dr. Puja Aggarwal
Dr. Puja Aggarwal MD MBA is a Board Certified Neurologist/Epileptologist, Neuroscientist and Certified Executive Coach. She completed a 6 year B.S./M.D. program and then completed her residency at Ohio State University in Neurology and a fellowship at Cornell New York Presbyterian Hospital. She has been a practicing Neurologist for 14 years in addition to leading cutting edge clinical research about the brain. In 2021, she became a Certified Executive Coach to help others learn the importance of brain health and how to boost brain power. She started her business Zenful Brain to help other professionals to experience a mindset shift, reflect more on life and make self care a priority. She has spoken at several local, state, national and international events about mental health.
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