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Power Your Brain: Brain Health Dos and Don’ts

Brain decline is not inevitable. Your lifestyle and choices can support brain health and reduce memory decline or brain disease like Alzheimer’s. Take a look at these dos and don’ts of brain health:

DO

  • Maintain an active lifestyle with regular physical activity.
  • Keep your brain sharp with puzzles and games that focus on memory and visual recognition.
  • Eat a Mediterranean-style diet or foods rich in antioxidants.
  • Make time for friends, family, and other social activities.
  • Prioritize sleep and relaxation by avoiding caffeine at night and following rituals like meditation.
  • Minimize distractions and focus on one task at a time.
  • Take medications and vitamins as prescribed.
  • Learn a new skill like an instrument or create a craft to engage your fine motor skills and brain.

DON’T

  • Skip your annual checkups—be proactive about doctor’s appointments.
  • Keep stress inside—find healthy ways to relieve stress, like meditation or exercise.
  • Overindulge on sweets and junk food—treats should be eaten in moderation.
  • Drink alcohol excessively—too much of anything is never good for your body or brain.
  • Smoke—studies show it increases the risk of cognitive decline and other health risks.