Brain health is the ability to remember, learn, play, and maintain an active mind. According to the American Heart Association, brain disorder is a public health epidemic that could be more serious than we think. Consider These Statistics:
- The brain shows signs of cognitive decline when a person is in their twenties.
- 3 out of 5 Americans will develop a brain disease in their lifetime.
- By 2030, the total cost of Alzheimer's, dementia and stroke are expected to exceed $ 1 trillion.
The good news is that we can evolve and change our brains no matter how old we are!
It's never too early to do what we can to improve brain health. Cognitive decline begins long before symptoms appear. Every 65 seconds someone in the United States gets Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that by 2050, 1
The earlier we take action to improve our brain health, the better our chance of preventing a cognitive decline. It's about harnessing the power of our brains and reducing some of the risks to our brains as we get older.
Be a child again … every day
When was the last time you put everything aside? have fun? As adults, we focus so much on the work and other tasks that we do not consciously try to do something that's just fun.
Denise Medved, creator of Ageless Grace, a brain fitness program, says "only" playing "physically" for 10 minutes a day can have a positive effect on long-term brain function. (Ageless Grace opens up the neural pathways that were created from birth to the age of about 21. The exercises not only help reopen these paths, but also create new ones, and the tools of the program stimulate and use They are the five functions of the brain – analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory / memory, and creativity and imagination.The movements are entertaining and easy to perform and include activities like pretending to swim, playing baseball, or playing a musical instrument.)  As children, we have developed functional and cognitive skills through childhood games, sports and other activities. These are skills that most people no longer practice as adults.
Reorganize your brain.
New and complex activities are good brain exercises. Do something every day that challenges your brain.
- Try something you've never done before and find it challenging. Take on a new sport or a new hobby. Learning a new language. Learn to play a musical instrument. Try juggling.
- Do something that you already know how to do, but in other ways – like eating, combing your hair or brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand. Or just change your daily routine occasionally.
- Try a daily memory activity. Test your callback by remembering a shopping list. Draw a card from memory. Make math in your head.
If you try to do something that you're not used to, you're creating new nerve pathways. The more nerves you have, the more resistant your brain is. You may have heard the term "neuroplasticity," the ability of the brain to reorganize and rebuild itself through the formation of new neuronal connections. Studies have shown that learning to perform new and challenging activities can involve the natural plasticity of the brain to make positive changes. Even the brain of an adult can be reorganized depending on what new information it is learning.
Complete a Gratitude Journal.
Practicing gratitude can reduce stress, improve mental well-being, and help us feel happier and more appreciative. There is no scientific evidence that gratitude improves your physical health. However, if you spend just five minutes each day writing down what you're grateful for, you can greatly improve your emotional health. Take a few minutes each morning when you wake up and a few minutes before you arrive to record your gratitude.
Reduce your risk for potential brain health problems. Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as smoking, poor diet and physical inactivity are important risk factors for cognitive impairment and dementia. You can take action to control and mitigate these risks. Be sure to have an annual check-up, follow the recommendations and care plans of your healthcare professional, and take your medication as prescribed.
Bio : Rebecca Rushing BSN, RN is Director Client Care Services at FirstLight Home Care. Nurse Beckie is a certified dementia practitioner, a timeless Grace Brain Health Educator and she was trained in Teepa Schnees positive approach to care. Beckie has more than 30 years of nursing experience and a passion for the well-being of seniors. www.firstlighthomecare.com