Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Our goal is to provide you with the resources you need to live a healthy, fulfilling life, which is why we recently hosted an educational event at our Cincinnati office. The event, titled Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body,  was hosted in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati chapter. We want to thank those who attended! We hope you found the presentation beneficial. For those of you who were not able to make it, you can watch the full video from the event on Facebook. Keep reading for a recap of some of the key points shared by our guest speaker, Dr. Robert Keyes, M.D., PhD!

Dr. Keyes presented practical advice on prioritizing one’s health in daily life. Specifically, the areas of physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity and social engagement were explored. One of the key takeaways from this event is to begin by working toward one of these lifestyle choices until it’s a habit and eventually combine them to achieve maximum benefits.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease 

  • Alzheimer’s is a physical disease in the brain, which causes dementia, or anything affecting your cognitive ability.
  • Dementia is caused by many different diseases and conditions and is not part of normal aging.
  • Known risks for Alzheimer’s include age, genetics, head injury, cardiovascular factors and fewer years of formal education.
  • The reason we’re seeing more cases of Alzheimer’s is that people are living longer.

What You Can Do to Improve Your Physical Health and Exercise

  • Do something you enjoy
  • Get your heart rate up
  • Ask friends to join you
  • Check with your doctor before you start
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid excess alcohol
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Take preventive measures to avoid head injury
  • Manage stress
  • Treat depression
  • Visit your doctor regularly

Nutrition Tips to Improve Your Diet

What to Include in Your Diet

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Nuts, beans and whole grains
  • Lean meats, fish and poultry
  • Vegetable oils

What to Avoid

  • Saturated/trans fats
  • Processed foods
  • Solid fat, sugar and salt
  • Deep-fried foods
  • Unhealthy fast foods

What You Can Do to Improve Your Cognitive Activity

  • Read books and articles that engage and inspire you
  • Complete puzzles and play games that are challenging to you
  • Learn new skills or hobbies
  • Engage in ongoing learning
  • Music and singing can be helpful to engage those with Alzheimer’s

What You Can Do to Remain Socially Engaged

  • Visit with friends and family
  • Engage with others
  • Stay involved in the community
  • Volunteer outside the home
  • Join a group or club

We will be participating in the Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, and Butler, Warren and Clinton Counties Walks to End Alzheimer’s and would be honored if you would consider attending the walks with us or donating to our team pages! This is a great opportunity to continue your physical health and exercise goals!

You can learn more about Alzheimer’s on the Alzheimer’s Association’s website. Learn about the services and programs offered near you, such as support groups and educational workshops here. We are excited to fight to #ENDALZ with you!

If you have questions about the topics discussed in this post, leave a comment below and we will respond!

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