Brain health tips for older adults

(NC) Practicing healthy habits can help you live well throughout your life. Not only do they promote general overall health, but they also have the added benefit of reducing your risk of developing dementia.

Dementia can affect anyone. There’s currently no cure and some risk factors like genetics can’t be changed. Fortunately, there are many things you can do throughout your life to help reduce your risk of developing the condition. Here are some ideas to help:

1. Be active

• Try new activities you’ve always wanted to adopt — whether that’s snowshoeing, hiking or salsa dancing.

• Vary your fitness routine to avoid boredom.• Go outside to get some fresh air.

2. Stay social

• Reach out to old friends to catch up.

• Make new friends by joining a group activity — even if it’s virtual.

3. Eat a well-balanced diet

• Plan your meals in advance so you have ingredients on hand.

• Frozen vegetables are convenient and are often less expensive then fresh. They’re great for soups and stir-fries.

• Try a new recipe each week and develop a roster of your favourite healthy recipes.

4. Challenge your brain

• Learn how to play a new musical instrument or study a new language.

• Try a familiar task or activity in a new way: go for a walk in a new-to-you neighbourhood or park.

Find more information at canada.ca/dementia.