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Brain-Healthy Lifestyle

The Dana Foundation  has published a checklist for a brain-healthy lifestyle – see if you measure up.

Do:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  • Exercise your body regularly and get involved in physically active leisure pursuits.
  • Keep your mind exercised! Engage in active learning throughout life, and pursue new experiences.
  • Stay socially engaged with friends, family, and community groups.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and a sense of control over your life.
  • Take steps to manage stress.
  • Eat a brain-healthy, balanced diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, and consider taking a multivitamin supplement that includes antioxidants and folate.
  • Mind your numbers: Lose any extra pounds, lower your cholesterol if it is high, and keep your blood glucose and blood pressure under control.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Get proper medical attention and treatment for any underlying health problems.

Don’t…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  • Drink to excess, smoke, or use illicit drugs.
  • Ignore sudden changes in mental status. However, don’t be overly concerned about normal slips of memory such as forgetting names or where you put the keys.
  • Put off going to the doctor if you notice changes in your physical or mental health.
  • Overlook the possibility of drug interactions that can affect mental functioning, especially if you are taking more than one prescription medication.
  • Become isolated in your home.
  • Think you’re too old to take up something new!

If you need to work on an area – start today. It is never too late.

For more information see The DANA Foundation