March 16, 2017By Christine Giles, MS, CCC-SLP
1. Exercise – regular cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow to your brain and body. Physical activity leads to reduced risk of cognitive decline. Working out is an important facet of a healthy lifestyle!
2. School – academic stimulation (regardless of age) can reduce cognitive decline and dementia. Consider taking a class at a local community college or even online. If you are really up to the challenge, then try learning a new language!
3. Quit Smoking – smoking has been linked to cognitive decline. It takes 21 days to break a habit, let today be the day!
4. Catch those Z’s – lack of sleep is linked to insomnia and sleep apnea, which can result in issues with memory and cognitive function. Put your brain health first and get a good night of rest (at least 8 hours).
5. Diet – a healthy/balanced diet that is low in fat and sugar can reduce risk of cognitive decline. This means eating more fruits, veggies and meat-free proteins (legumes – beans, peas, etc).
Christine Giles, MS, CCC-SLP is a practicing therapist as well as the owner of Creative Therapy Works, LLC. She earned an undergraduate degree at The Florida State University with a major in Communication Disorders and a Master of Science degree from The University of Wyoming in Speech-Language Pathology. She has been actively practicing therapy in schools, pediatric hospitals, private settings, home health, rehabilitation facilities, and skilled nursing facilities since 2002.