Engage Your Brain
The brain is like a muscle. When it's in use, we feel very good."
Thinking clearly about brain health means knowing how to keep you on top of your game. It also means being able to discern between scientific principles of brain health—and popular myths and legends.
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Supporting Your Brain Health
Every day, scientists are discovering how closely our minds and bodies are connected. It turns out the things you do to help keep your body and heart healthy may be good for your brain. Learn what healthy activities you should incorporate into your daily life.
Nightly walks, playing with the grandkids —it doesn’t matter what physical activities as long as you’re getting your heart pumping for 30 minutes most days.
Being active is associated with lower risk of brain issues.
Know Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can have serious effects on your brain health. If your blood pressure is high, get it under control. It may just help reduce some risks to your brain.
Drink Moderately, if at all
Alcohol may act differently in older adults than in younger people. Some older adults can feel “high” without increasing the amount of alcohol they drink. This can make them more likely to be confused or have accidents.
Get Some Shuteye
Poor sleep, or inadequate sleep due to issues such as insomnia or sleep apnea, can not only have serious physical effects, but can affect memory and thinking, too. Get comfy and go to bed. Seven to eight hours is a good night’s rest.
Discover a New Talent
When you learn new things, you engage your brain. Pick up a new hobby like dancing, learn to speak French or just do something you haven’t done before. Challenging your brain on a regular basis is fun and beneficial.
Pick Up the Phone
Stay connected with your family and friends. Invite them over for a healthy meal, go on a hike together or just hang out. Science has shown having regular engagement in social activities can help reduce some risks to your brain.
- ACL: Brain Health Open external link icon to open article called ACL: Brain Health on the ACL website
- Brain Health: You Can Make a Difference Open external link icon to open article called Brain Health: You can make a difference! On the Eldercare website
- Is a Big Belly Bad For The Brain? Open external link icon to open article called Is a big belly bad for the brain? On the NIH website