Keeping your brain sharp and healthy as you age
Memory loss can be both debilitating and devastating to experience. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.8 million people in America live with Alzheimer’s — the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, our team at Broadway Medical Clinic has put together some helpful tips for keeping your brain sharp and healthy as you age.
#1: Keep learning.
Keeping your brain engaged is important to minimize your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. Challenge your brain regularly by learning new things. Learn a new language or skill, pursue a new hobby, or volunteer for a project that requires you to develop a new skill that stimulates brain connectivity and growth.
Mental exercise can help stimulate brain cells to communicate and interact better together, which will help bolster mental acuity.
#2: Eat more brain-friendly foods.
Your diet plays a big role in improved mental function. Foods that are high in omega-3s and antioxidants can help build nerve and brain cells, which are key to memory and learning. Eat more brain-friendly foods such as fatty fish, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, blueberries, nuts, oranges, and eggs.
#3: Schedule a check-up.
Did you know that certain health conditions can impair cognitive ability? These include high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and more. Regular check-ups with your doctor are key to preventing and diagnosing health conditions that could negatively impact your body.
Broadway Medical Clinic is here to support you and your brain health. Whether it’s a simple check-up, a new issue that you’re noticing with your memory or concentration, or a different concern, we are proud to be a support to people of all ages in our community.
Schedule an annual visit today, so you can speak with a Broadway physician about important topics like mental health.