DIMENSIONS Summer 2005

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION PROVIDES RESOURCES TO "MAINTAIN YOUR BRAINTM"
Free “How-To” Brochure Helps Americans Get Brain-Healthy

by Julie Cleveland

To help baby boomers and all Americans live a brain-healthy lifestyle and potentially reduce their risk for Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a new “how-to” brochure and quick guide to Ten Ways to Maintain Your Brain.™

“There are a number of things you can do to help keep your brain healthier as you age,” said Nancy Dapper, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter. “Increasing evidence shows that healthy lifestyle habits, such as being heart smart, eating a brain-healthy diet, staying physically and mentally active, and staying socially involved contribute to healthier aging and may also decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s.”

This fall, the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a new Maintain Your Brain™ brochure with tips, how-to information and inspiration for getting brain-healthy. In addition, the Association is launching Maintain Your Brain™ workshops across the country to help people make brain-healthy lifestyle choices.

For a copy of the brochure and “Ten Ways” list, or to learn more about local workshops, call 1-800-848-7097 or visit the Association’s website at www.alzwa.org

TEN WAYS TO MAINTAIN YOUR BRAINTM

  1. Head First...
    Good health starts with your brain so don’t take it for granted. It’s one of the most important body organs and needs care and maintenance.
  2. Take Brain Health To Heart...
    Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s.
  3. Your Numbers Count...
    Keep your body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels within recommended ranges.
  4. Feed Your Brain...
    Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet that features dark-skinned vegetables and fruits, foods rich in antioxidants. Vitamins E and C, B12, foliate and Omega-3 fatty acids.
  5. Work Your Body...
    Physical exercise keeps the blood flowing and encourages new brain cells. It’s doesn’t have to be a strenuous activity. Do what you can – walking 30 minutes a day – to keep both body and mind active.
  6. Jog Your Mind...
    Keeping your brain active and engaged increases its vitality and builds reserves of brain cells and connections. Read, write, play games, do crossword puzzles.
  7. Connect With Others...
    Leisure activities that combine physical, mental and social elements are most likely to prevent dementia. Be social, converse, volunteer, join!
  8. Heads Up! Protect Your Brain...
    Take precautions against injuries. Use your car seatbelts, unclutter your house to avoid falls, and wear a helmet when cycling.
  9. Use Your Head...
    Avoid unhealthy habits. Don’t smoke, drink excessive alcohol or use street drugs.
  10. Think Ahead - Start Today!
    You can do something today to protect your tomorrow.

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