Caring for Your Aging Brain
You have probably heard people discuss their physical health, mental health, and emotional health. But have you ever heard anyone talk about cognitive health? Probably not. People often but cognitive health on the back burner. We believe cognitive health is important and should be discussed more! That is why we have created these three quick tips for ensuring you keep up your cognitive health as you age.
Diet and exercise
The first start to a healthy brain is a healthy diet! Its hard to think properly when you're not thinking properly. Think back to when you were in school and your parents would tell you to eat a healthy breakfast before a big test. Why did they say that? Because your brain needs proper nutrition to function well. When you are planning your meals for the weak, make sure you are getting plenty of nutrients.
Spending quality time can be great for not only our mental health, but for our cognitive health as well. Have you ever told a story about your childhood to your kids or grandkids? Did you have some trouble recalling details? Its natural to begin forgetting small details as you age. Sitting and telling the stories of the past requires memory recall which can help make sure we keep our memory skills strong.
Work your brain
Keep your brain active! For many years people thought that the brain did not change—that brains are hardwired a specific way and are fixed. Over the years, neuroscientists have discovered that is not the case! Studies have discovered neuroplasticity. This is the ability for the brain to change! Activities such as sudoku and word cross puzzles are a great way to exercise your brain. These things will not “rewire” your brain, yet they will help make sure you are really working your cognitive skills on a daily basis. Doing these types of brain exercises will help stave off memory problems and other cognitive decline.