What have you done for your brain health this week?
We have become more conscious about taking care of our bodies—eating well, exercising, getting regular physicals and generally caring for our health. But we may not often think about our brain health. We should.
According to the University of Michigan Health System, by the year 2050, about 30 million Americans are expected to suffer from Alzheimer's disease. And right now the Alzheimer's Association says about five million people in the U.S. have some form of dementia. They expect that number to increase dramatically as baby boomers age and more people live longer.
Exercising your brain with mentally stimulating activities does appear to help keep cognitive decline at bay. Read books, put together puzzles, work crosswords and other mind puzzles and engage in a variety of mental activities. In addition, exercise seems to help—as does a diet high in vegetables.
Don't take brain health for granted. Be proactive and care for your mind—and your body. Good health is best not left to chance. If you have good health, enjoy it, be grateful for it and do what you can to keep it.