Cognitive health – the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember- is an important component of brain health. Taking care of your physical health may help your cognitive health. You can:
- Get recommended health screenings.
- Manage chronic health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and high cholesterol.
- Consult with your healthcare provider about the medicines you take and possible side effects on memory, sleep, and brain function.
- Reduce risk for brain injuries due to falls and other accidents.
- Limit use of alcohol. (Remember, some medicines can be dangerous when mixed with alcohol.)
- Quit smoking, if you smoke.
- Get enough sleep, generally 7-8 hours each night.
Visit the NIA website to learn more about cognitive health and older adults.
For #BrainAwarenessMonth, check out these seven tips for taking care of your physical and cognitive health: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/cognitive-health-and-older-adults