girl green shirtOur ability to retain life-long brain health is very much influenced by the choices we make in our daily lives. Research has found that outside of aging, the most influential factors in determining one’s susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease are lifestyle and environmental factors. Therefore, it is very important to pay attention to our basic health and lifestyle choices.

Take Action to Choose Wisely

  • Avoid harmful habits such as smoking, recreational drug use and excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Track your health numbers: Keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and blood sugar within recommended ranges. If you have diabetes, it is important to manage it well. All of these issues increase your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • See your doctor regularly. Your doctor is an important partner in maintaining your health. Have regular checkups and address specific health concerns including diet and physical activity.
  • Get adequate sleep – sleep deprivation can significantly impair your memory, mood and function.

Note: Your abilities, health situation and interests should be taken into consideration when choosing brain healthy activities. If you have questions about your own situation, speak to your doctor or health-care provider.