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Boost Your Brain: Celebrating Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

By Grace Dunn
Every June, Brain Awareness Month encourages a worldwide conversation about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The initiative, launched in 2014 by the Alzheimer’s Association, highlights the importance of brain health and invites people to engage in activities that support cognitive well-being. Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t have a single identifiable cause. Instead, it likely results […]
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Every June, Brain Awareness Month encourages a worldwide conversation about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The initiative, launched in 2014 by the Alzheimer’s Association, highlights the importance of brain health and invites people to engage in activities that support cognitive well-being.

Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t have a single identifiable cause. Instead, it likely results from a combination of factors. While age is the most significant known risk factor, other elements, such as physical activity, smoking, education, blood pressure, diet, etc., can also influence the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. While we can’t change our age, many of these factors are within our control and can be adjusted to reduce risk.
Adopting positive habits can enhance brain health, potentially lowering the risk of cognitive decline and diseases like Alzheimer’s. Here are some key practices to consider:

Healthy Eating

A balanced diet is vital for cognitive health. The following foods are rich in phytochemicals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory substances, and omega-3 fatty acids, all contributing to better brain health.

  • Fruits and vegetables: blueberries, cherries, spinach, kale 
  • Healthy fats: extra-virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds 
  • Protein: fish rich in omega-3s, such as tuna, bluefin, herring, and salmon
  • Whole grains: Whole wheat, quinoa, oats and brown rice
  • Other: dark chocolate, green tea, and spices like garlic, ginger, rosemary and turmeric

Regular Exercise 

Physical activity is crucial for maintaining brain health. Aim for exercises that elevate your heart rate and improve blood flow, such as walking, dancing or gardening. Consistent movement is key to overall well-being.

Better Sleep Habits 

Good sleep habits are essential for cognitive function. Create a restful environment, avoid screens before bedtime, and aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Both the quality and quantity of sleep significantly impact brain health.

Mental Engagement 

Keeping your brain active through learning and social interactions can have lasting benefits. To stimulate your mind, acquire new skills, engage in artistic pursuits, and maintain strong social connections.

Stress Management 

Reducing stress is beneficial for cognitive health. Incorporate activities such as yoga, meditation, reading or listening to music into your routine. Spending time in nature also offers significant health benefits.

Throughout June, show your support for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month by wearing purple and engaging in activities that challenge and protect your brain. By making conscious choices today, you can help safeguard your cognitive health for the future. Let’s work together to raise awareness, support research, and foster a healthier world for all.


Grace Dunn


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