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Tips for seniors to promote brain health

  1. The brain is one of five vital organs in the body. It controls memory, vision, breathing, emotion, thought, and numerous other things. Therefore, it is extremely important to take care of it. Neurons send and receive electrical and chemical signals in the brain to transmit information.

Below is a list of 5 tips to help seniors promote a healthy brain.

1. Exercise regularly. Research has found that people who stay physically active are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and have a slower decline in mental function. Seniors need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity a week.

2. Get enough sleep. This improves brain health and memory by consolidating memories and clearing abnormal proteins in the brain. Seniors should aim for 7–9 hours of sleep per night.

3. Stay mentally active. Activities involving the brain can help the brain generate new cells and form new connections between existing cells. Some activities you can do include reading, doing crossword puzzles, and playing cards.

4. Monitor your blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association, seniors should have a blood pressure lower than 130/80 mmHg. High blood pressure increases the risk of cognitive decline and heart problems.

5. Manage your stress. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, can negatively impact sleep, energy levels, and mood. Meditation and yoga are great ways to help you relax and clear your mind.

Using the Boom Health app, you can book trusted, vetted caregivers to help meet your needs. You can have peace of mind knowing that someone is always watching you or your loved one, offering support, and assisting with daily activities. If you’re interested in booking care for you or your loved one, download the Boom Health app on the App Store or Google Play Store.

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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