Whether it’s small changes in mental abilities like memory or more serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline can affect us as we age. In Australia, over 400,000 people are living with dementia, with almost 1.5 million involved in their care, according to Dementia Australia. Though some forms of dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease, are progressive and do not yet have a cure, there are some scientifically-backed ways you can keep your mind sharp and alert with age. You can even start doing these brain exercises right now!
Get your heart pumping. Exercising does far more for your body than just keep you physically fit and healthy — it’s equally as beneficial to your mind. Aim for 150 minutes a week of moderately intense aerobic exercise, divvied up any way you’d like.
Exercise your brain. There are many ways to challenge your brain. Try socialising, studying a new language, playing Scrabble on your phone, or teach yourself to cook something new.
Eat smart. Fill your diet with antioxidant-rich berries, leafy greens, fish, and whole grains — and cut way down on saturated and trans fats.
If you or someone you know has Dementia, there is help available through the Dementia Australia website. Like the BrainyApp which been developed by Dementia Australia to raise awareness of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, and to help you live a brain healthy life.
BrainyApp is a fun way to help you look after your brain health to reduce your risk of dementia. Focused on five lifestyle categories to promote brain health including looking after your heart, physical activity, mental stimulation, diet and social activity you can rate and track your brain health to reduce your risk of dementia.