Remembering Brain Health this New Year
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – At any age, healthy habits can help improve the health of your body –including your brain. The Alzheimer’s Association® recommends that people of all ages include “Brain Health” in their New Year’s resolutions, with a specific focus on four areas that may reduce the risk of cognitive decline:
- Cognitive activity.
- Physical health and exercise.
- Diet and nutrition.
- Social engagement.
“People typically focus on physical fitness as their resolution for the New Year,” said Taylor Wilson, Director of Communications and Advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter. “Diet and exercise also have enormous benefits for brain health, but it’s also important to stay socially engaged and to keep learning new things.”
The Alzheimer’s Association offers a free educational workshop called ” Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research”. This workshop is available both in-person and online, and it may be requested for group presentations in your community.
“We are still searching for an effective treatment Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias,” said Cindy Alewine, CEO of the South Carolina Chapter. “In the meantime, it’s important to take to consider our risk factors. We may not be able to control our age or our genes, but we can influence the overall health of our brains by incorporating healthy habits into our lifestyles.”