7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Physical and Cognitive Health

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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:

  1. Get recommended health screenings.
  2. Manage chronic health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and high cholesterol.
  3. Consult with your healthcare provider about the medicines you take and possible side effects on memory, sleep, and brain function.
  4. Reduce risk for brain injuries due to falls and other accidents.
  5. Limit use of alcohol. (Remember, some medicines can be dangerous when mixed with alcohol.)
  6. Quit smoking, if you smoke.
  7. 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

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