Tips for Cognitive Health
Below are some of the tips to maintain cognitive health
- Keep your mind active: Participate in cognitively stimulating activities such as reading, writing, drawing, playing puzzles, mahjong, etc.
- Healthy Diet: Develop a balanced and regular diet. It is recommended to adopt a healthy eating pyramid or a Mediterranean diet, as well as to eat various types of fresh and healthy food to absorb sufficient nutrients adequately. For more information, you may refer to Healthy Diet
- Be physically active: For more information, you may refer to Exercise.
- Maintain a healthy weight: weight gain, high waist circumference, and obesity all can have an adverse effect on your cognitive function and increase risk of dementia.
- Get quality sleep: research found that individuals with sleep disturbances compared to those without any had a higher risk of incident in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Maintain good mental health: Long-term stress or depression may impair brain functions. Learn to regulate emotional health, such as practice relaxation techniques, positive thinking, and self-affirmation, etc.
- Maintain or build social relationships: connect with other people through social activities, visit your friends and family, hang out with loved ones, join programs at your older adult center.
- Manage your health conditions well: chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol have been found to be associated with cognitive decline and dementia
- Stay away from tobacco and alcohol: Quit smoking, do not drink or drink only a few sips of alcohol. Smokers and heavier drinkers are at higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.