Submitted by Kelly Chastain,
Professional Relations Liaison

No cure has been found for Alzheimer’s and Dementia but studies in science have increasingly shown that healthy behaviors in lifestyle could reduce your risk of cognitive decline. Here are 8 ways that could improve your health and lower your risk. 

8 Ways to Improve your Brain Health:

  • Quit Smoking—Quitting smoking now improves your health and reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses. Free quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • Prevent and Manage High Blood Pressure—Many adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control. Discuss the facts about preventing and managing your blood pressure with your doctor if you are at risk or have been diagnosed.  
  • Prevent and Manage High Cholesterol—Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high cholesterol. Learn how to manage your cholesterol levels and lower your risk.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight—Healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. Instead, it’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.
  • Get Enough Sleep—A third of American adults report that they usually get less sleep than the recommended amount.
  • Stay Engaged—There are many ways for older adults to get involved in their local community. Here are some activities to consider.
  • Manage Blood Sugar—Discuss with your doctor about managing your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
  • If You Drink, Do So in Moderation—Learn about alcohol use and your health.