Memory loss can be unsettling, especially if you start forgetting the names of loved ones or getting lost in familiar areas. While there are no clinically proven ways to reverse the course of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s or dementia, leading a healthy, social, and intellectually stimulating lifestyle can help combat normal, age-related mental decline.
Here are some tips and recommendations from experts at the Department of Health and Human Services for maintaining good brain health as you and your loved ones age:
- Get regular exercise (e.g., walking, swimming, martial arts, yoga).
- Read books, newspapers, or magazines daily.
- Eat right.
- Sleep well.
- Learn something new. Take a class or attend a lecture at your local college or senior center.
- Reach out if you feel depressed or anxious. Studies show that approximately 20% of seniors suffer from depression or anxiety.
- Stay connected with your community. Go to church, volunteer, and attend family gatherings.
- Drink moderately, if at all.
For more information and tips on lifestyle changes you and your loved ones can make to protect your brain health, download this helpful brochure by U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator – Brain Health: You Can Make a Difference.
Your Employee Assistance Program Can Help
If you are concerned about aging-related issues for you or someone you care about, your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide you with free and confidential support. EAP services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, contact your Component EAP, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.