5 Daily Habits to Strengthen Your Brain Saturday, February 12, 2022 It’s never too early to start strengthening your brain. Engaging your mind, memory, and problem-solving skills on multiple levels can help decrease your risk of developing dementia later on. According to the Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are caused by “damage to or loss of nerve cells and their connections in the brain.” Though doctors and scientists are constantly researching how dementia affects memory and cognitive function, there is not yet a cure. If your family has a history of memory issues, consider adding these five daily habits to your lifestyle to strengthen your brain one day at a time. Diet – First and foremost, a heart-healthy diet will have a positive impact on brain function. Limit your intake of processed meats and sugars in favor of low-fat proteins, whole grains, and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Living tobacco-free is also incredibly beneficial for brain health. Exercise – Consider adding light physical activity to your daily schedule to improve overall health and memory function. If you live a sedentary life, add a short walk or light stretching to your daily routine before building up to more challenging exercises. Sleep – A consistent sleep schedule is particularly helpful for memory retention and consolidation. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that adults over 65 should aim to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Challenge Your Mind – Regular mental exercise, such as learning something new, solving puzzles like crosswords or sudoku, or keeping up with a mentally stimulating hobby like needlework or knitting will expand your knowledge and push the boundaries of your comfort levels. Socialization – Spending time with friends and family is beneficial for your brain. While simply talking, engaging, and laughing together is good for your mental health, take it a step further by playing games or doing jigsaw puzzles together. Follow these five tips to stimulate your brain and decrease your risk of cognitive decline later in life. Willow River is Here to Help At Willow River, we understand the challenges that Alzheimer’s and dementia can bring. If you have questions or need help, Willow River has the answers and resources you need. Call Willow River Senior Living at 888-546-1886 to start the conversation today.