The evidence is mounting: People in San Antonio can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes. That is the conclusion of a new research summary published online in the June issue of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Practicing good judgment during childhood and adulthood by wearing protective gear and being aware of your surroundings can help prevent brain injury,” says Dr. Kate Glywasky of Clinical Trials of Texas. “As we get older, good physical health and continued education are protective factors that can delay aging of the brain.”
In recognition of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in June, the Alzheimer’s Association offers 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, tips that may reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
1. Break a sweat: engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate
2. Hit the books: Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline
3. Butt out: Quit smoking to help reduce risk of memory problems
4. Follow your heart: Take care care of your heart and your brain might just follow
5. Heads up: Wear your seat belt and use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike to prevent head injury
6. Fuel up right: Eat a healthy balanced meal
7. Catch some Zzzz’s: Get enough sleep
8. Take care of your mental health: Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues may be linked to cognitive issues
9. Buddy up: Staying socially engaged may support brain health
10. Stump yourself: Challenge and active your mind
Having memory problems or diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease? Click here to learn more about CTT’s free memory screenings and currently enrolling memory loss studies.