Keep your brain healthy to age well

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. It is responsible for your cognitive functions, such as learning and memory, and language, as well as programming muscle movement and the interpretation of all your senses. It is not surprising that when it comes to understanding brain health, there is a lot to know and understand.

As we age, some cognitive decline is normal and expected. However, changes associated with normal aging typically do not impact a person’s ability to function independently, as is the case with dementia. Having a better understanding of how to promote brain health helps people of all ages to make decisions that will positively impact the health of their brain.

The World Health Organization has examined the evidence and made recommendations for several ways in which people can promote brain health and reduce their risk of developing dementia.

In our new interactive e-learning lesson, our experts explore each of the following six areas to help you better understand how to reduce your risk of dementia and enhance or extend your physical mobility and social activity.

1.    Physical activity and weight management;

2.    Diet and nutrition;

3.    Maintaining blood vessel health;

4.    Quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake;

5.    Increasing brain and social activity; and

6.    Managing health conditions and medication side effects

To begin the lesson, click here.

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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website

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