How to Handle Your Cognitive Health

Senior family couple exercising outdoors. It’s essential to keep a watchful eye on our memory as we age. Making sure to stay on top of our abilities determines what quality of life we will have in our later years. The thought of cognitive impairment can be frightening.  The good news is that cognitive changes are a normal part of aging, and there is a lot that you can do to keep a sharp mind well into your older years.

If you aren’t sure how to get started taking charge of your cognitive health, we can help you with some tips to get you headed in the right direction.

Risk Factors For Cognitive Impairment

As you continue through your golden years, you may experience changes to your cognitive function. However, this does not automatically signify the onset of serious illnesses such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia. 

Even so, there are still several things that could put you at risk, such as:

  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Lack of mental activity
  • Constant stress
  • And advanced age.

Staying Sharp

A common misconception is that we lose our capacity to expand our knowledge as we age. However, it’s vital to engage in activities that stimulate your mind, like puzzles, reading, and formal learning. Studies have shown a connection between mental stimulation and a reduced risk for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Do your best to keep your mind active. Although it may take you longer than it used to, participate in activities that put your mind to the test. It is a useful tool to utilize in staying sharp.

Socialize

Keeping an active social life helps keep your cognitive skills alive.  Research suggests there is a link between Dementia and a lack of socialization. Be sure to engage with others frequently as it is believed that communication keeps the mind stimulated.  Take part in activities with friends and family, and continue to maintain your social circle.

Daily Care

To keep your cognitive health intact, you may have to make slight adjustments to your daily routine. It’s important to exercise, get plenty of sleep, and have a healthy diet to take care of your mind. It’s also vital to get conditions such as high blood pressure, and diabetes under control as they are linked to mental decline. Having healthy habits, socialization, and mental stimulation is beneficial in handling your cognitive health.

If you or someone you know has questions regarding your health, reach out to Summit Healthcare in the Show Low area at 928-537-4375 to schedule a consultation

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