Brain Health tips


About the brain

The human brain, sometimes called the "3-pound universe within," is one of your most vital organs. It plays a role in every action and every thought we make, including the following:

  • seniorsIt controls body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.
  • It accepts a flood of information about the world around you from your various senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching).
  • It handles your physical movement when walking, talking, standing or sitting.
  • It lets you think, dream, reason and experience emotions.

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Taking care of your brain

The brain, like the rest of your body, needs to be looked after. By making healthy lifestyle choices now, you may be able to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and improving your brain's ability to sustain long-term health.

Here are some things you can do: 

Be socially active
  • ASOCall a friend and talk on the telephone or write an email
  • Volunteer at a local charity
  • Help someone out - practice a random act of kindness
  • Accept invitations and extend a few of your own for dinner parties, afternoon coffee or other social gatherings
  • Join a club in your community
Make healthy food choices
  • ASOFollow Canada's Food Guide
  • Eat your vegetables!
  • Include foods rich in omega-3 oils such as cold-water fish (salmon & trout)
  • Drink plenty of water each day
  • Include high fibre breads, cereals and grains in your diet
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
Be physically active
  • ASOJoin a gym
  • Walk around your neighbourhood
  • Take dance classes
  • Walk to the grocery store instead of driving
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
  • Join a nature club
  • Try gardening
  • Try a new sport you haven't done before
Challenge your brain
  • ASOTry your hand at a crossword puzzle or sudoku
  • Take a new route to work
  • Try making a meal from a new recipe
  • Read a new book - join a book club
  • Keep up with hobbies, or try a new one like sewing, carpentry or knitting
  • Visit a museum or attend a local concert or play

Learn more, do more, be brain healthy!

Last Updated: 11/22/2019