How to improve the brain health of seniors

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Many seniors have probably heard of the adage “use it or lose it.” This is referring to the need to continually engage in and practice a certain ability or you will risk losing it. As we age, both our mental and physical abilities can decrease.

The brain is one of, if not the most important organ in the body. Therefore, it is crucial to take care of it as we age. According to a study published in the Canadian Pharmacists Journal, nearly 750,000 Canadians live with cognitive impairment, which is a reduction in the ability to think clearly, remember, and learn.

Brain Health Tips

In order to improve your brain health, try implementing these tips into your daily routine.

1. Get moving.

Regular exercise and physical activity enable you to maintain and improve your strength, have more energy, and increase your mood. Studies have shown that exercise increases the size of the brain, which is important for learning and memory.

2. Eat well.

Green, leafy vegetables, fatty fish, berries, and walnuts are linked to better brainpower. If you’re up for the challenge, try the Mediterranean diet, which includes high consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds, while avoiding added sugars, processed meat, and refined grains. This diet has been correlated with a lower risk of cognitive impairment and a decreased cognitive decline rate.

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3. Get enough sleep.

The brain needs time to recharge. It is recommended that seniors get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep in a quiet, dark, and cool environment.

4. Play memory games.

This can improve both short-term and long-term recall. Some of these games include BrainCurls, SharpBrains, and Daily Word Search.

5. Stay connected with family and friends.

This reduces the likelihood of developing dementia and depression. If you can’t get together in person, consider using online platforms such as FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype to socialize.

6. Manage your stress.

Although it is natural to have stress, effectively managing it can do wonders for the brain. It is important to stay positive and take time each day to relax.

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7. Make sure you get enough vitamin C.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which is a substance that fights free radicals in your body. Foods that are rich in vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli, potatoes, peppers, and tomatoes.

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References:

NCBI