ALZHEIMER’S – NOT FOR ME JOSEPHINE!

Here’s an article on steps to having a healthy brain, moving forward into our freedom years.

Much research has been done on how lifestyle factors such as sleep, diet and exercise can help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  Staying socially engaged is also a factor.

There are simple things we can all do every day to help keep our brains healthy and at least hopefully avoid, or delay, the onset of symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

A Mediterranean diet that is high in vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts, fish and olive oil is said to be able to potentially delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by years.

FOUR STEPS TO A HEALTHY BRAIN.

Keep Active Choose an activity you enjoy.

Engage in moderate intensity exercise (30mins x 5 days/week)

Having fun 

Being Busy Learn a language or an instrument

Do puzzles or games

Do a course

Visit new places

Join a club

Social activities

Eating Well Follow a Mediterranean diet

Eat fresh food where possible – Leafy greens, fruit, fish, legumes, nuts and seeds; dairy and red meet in moderation.

Rest well Aim to get 6-8 hours of good quality sleep every night.

Avoid looking at screens 2 hours before bed.

Avoid consuming heavy foods and caffeine 2 hours before bed.

Sleep in a cooler room.

Acknowledgement:

Information sourced from an article written by Geraldine Cardozo; Life Health, The Senior-SA January 27th 2020.

Her information was sourced from Dr. S. Rainey -Smith, Edith Cowan University.   ECU/’Body of Knowledge’ podcast.Paraphrased here by Susanna Philbey, susannaphilbey.com.au. 23rd March 2020.