You probably know that brain health is important, but what is it? The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines brain health as the ability to remember, learn, play, concentrate and maintain a clear, active mind.
Brain Health Pillars provided by the Cleveland Clinic include diet, exercise, medical health, socialization, sleep, and mental fitness. While we will go more in-depth into diet, exercise, sleep, and stress, it’s worth mentioning a few points here about medical health, socialization and mental fitness.
- Socialization: Did you know that maintaining an active social life can impact your brain health and reduce the risk of dementia as you age? Simple things like going out, sharing meals with others, and staying connected with family and friends all have a positive impact on your brain health. Research that those who remain the most engaged with their communities as they age show the slowest rates of memory decline.
- Medical Health: Be sure to get regular medical check-ups — chronic diseases like hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, and obesity can all impact your long-term brain health.
- Mental Fitness: How often do you take the time to explore a new place, learn a new skill, or read a different type of book? Keeping your brain engaged in different activities helps it stay healthy and fit as well!