The most important organ in the human body is arguably the brain. It needs to be protected at all costs, which may mean changing some daily habits for the better. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11.2% of people age 45 and older believe they have subjective cognitive decline (SCD). The main signs of SCD include memory loss, confusion and other declines in mental abilities. It’s critical to see your medical professional if you’re already experiencing these signs. The aging population can protect and improve their brain health by incorporating these tips into their daily habits.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Too many disturbances throughout the night can lead to cognitive issues. This is one of the reasons why medical professionals suggest addressing conditions like sleep apnea immediately. If you feel sluggish in the mornings and have a hard time getting the day started, consider changing up your sleep patterns. Wake up a little earlier one day so you’ll be ready for bed earlier that night. Avoiding heavy meals late in the evening can also improve your sleep. The temperature in your room plays a big role in the quality of your sleep, so adjust the thermostat hotter or colder depending on what makes you more comfortable. Senior independent living is about making adjustments to ensure your health is as good as possible.
Exercise More Often
Exercising is great for your overall health, including your brain health. Depending on your mobility and balance, you can choose activities that challenge you without putting you at risk of falling. Going for a walk every day is good enough sometimes to increase blood flow throughout the body and to the brain. And even if you’re not able to walk much, get on your mobility scooter and ride alongside a loved one as they walk. Being outside and moving around is better than remaining inside at all times and can keep your brain health in good shape.
Prioritize Vitamin C In Your Diet
The benefits of a diet high in Vitamin C are well-documented, so make sure you’re incorporating it into your diet. Items like oranges, brussel sprouts, kiwi, broccoli, and more are high in Vitamin C and are known to lower oxidative stress. Oxidative stress slowly makes brain health decline. If you have a hard time eating foods rich in Vitamin C, consider taking a supplement so you still get the proper amount. Your brain health and overall well-being depend on it.
Next Day Access wants to help seniors improve their independent living by providing top-of-the-line mobility products and solutions. Whether you would benefit from a mobility scooter, a platform lift, a wheelchair ramp or anything else to help you keep moving, we are here for you. Protecting brain health is essential for the aging population and increasing your level of mobility in combination with a healthy diet and plenty of sleep can help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule a free home assessment today.