Recently there have been groundbreaking new clinical studies that have shown how Alzheimer’s and related disorders leading to dementia, may be avoided and even prevented. Based on this new evidence, the American Brain Council and affiliates are now offering a program for seniors called How to Maintain A Healthy Brain. This is based on the following findings.
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have dramatically increased in America in recent years,(1)and are more costly, both emotionally and financially, than heart disease, diabetes and even cancer! Dementia care at a typical care facility costs more than $5000 per month and is not covered by medicare.In home health care costs on average $60 per hour. There are no good medications to arrest the progression of Alzheimer’s. However, this new research (noted below) shows much can be done to reduce one’s risk and avoid the symptoms of this as well as other types of dementia. Recent studies clearly shows a myriad of practical steps people can take now to protect themselves and maintain a healthy brain. The sooner one begins the easier and less expensive it is to improve brain health. Few are aware that current research shows at least 70% of cases can be prevented or the symptoms mitigated, arrested or delayed with appropriate dietary and lifestyle modifications.
BUT Every body is different. AND what helps one person may not help another, as there are more than 40 potential contributors both inside and outside the body that need to be considered. In this program you will learn how to identify the factors putting you at risk. How to overcome each of these enemies of the mind.
How to develop and stick with a plan shown to turn back your cognitive clock by 10 to 15 years. Think faster, feel better, hear better, remember more and avoid this plague! (Talk with your local local professional certified in Brain Fitness and Dementia Prevention Education for a personal Brain Fitness Program for you. Don’t know one in your area?Call 866-634-9880.)
The best quarterback in the NFL is really of no value if he doesn’t have agood team to work with. If your offensive line doesn’t have the ability to prevent the defense from sacking the quarterback it doesn’t matter if your quarterback has the ability to throw an 85 yard touchdown pass if his offensive line is not able to stop his opponents from sacking him first.
Just like a quarterback on a football team, your brain is the most important organ in your body. If we want it to show its real potential, it needs an all-star team to work with. Here at the American Brain Council, we feel it is our responsibility to help enlighten you how to give your brain an all-star team.
BAD SMASHES is a 10 word acronym that represents 10 different aspects in our lifestyle for an incredible memory. Each of the letters represents a different aspect of our lifestyle for incredible memory. BAD SMASHES goes along with our football analogy—we want to protect the QB, or our brain, from the BAD SMASHES that come when someone develops Alzheimer’s disease.
The B is for Brain training, or Brain games. The brain is very much a use it or lose it organ. And tends to slow down as we age. The research shows that as we age we need to keep our minds active learning new things, solving problems etc. Various brain games and other activities have been shown to be quite helpful in this regard, to keep one’s brain sharp, quick and fully functional.
Attitude—particularly positive attitude—affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. If we have a positive attitude towards ourselves and others, we are healthier in all aspects of our life. Daily prayer and meditation has been shown to help reduce stress levels in our bodies and positively stimulate the brain. When we have an attitude of gratitude, focusing on celebration and a positive vision of the future, as well as rejecting anger and resentment, we increase compassion, reduce depression and anxiety, relieve stress, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and eventually extend life.
It is clear that our brain health is tied to our eating habits, especially the fats, sugars and type of carbohydrates that we consume. There are good fats and bad fats, good sugars and bad sugars. It is important if you want a healthy brain to avoid these harmful fats and sugars and try to incorporate more of the good fats and healthy whole, high fiber foods into your diet.
Green vegetables, antioxidant rich fruits, whole grain products, nuts, and lots of water have all been found to help keep a healthy brain. Bad fats such as hydrogentated oils, sugars, and simple carbohydrates have shown to hinder our brain’s ability to function.
For more information on the good fats and the bad fats and the foods that are healthy for the brain or to customize a diet plan for your lifestyle contact a professional certified in Brain Fitness near you.
Studies have shown that the processed foods that we eat are critically low in a variety of nutrients. Research suggests that it may be difficult, if not impossible to overcome these nutritional deficiencies with improved diet alone. Many of the vitamins that people are low in are Vitamins B-12 and folate, vitamins C, D, and E, Acetyl L-carnitine, N-acetyl-cysteine, SAMe, Omega-3 fatty acids, tryptophan, magnesium, selenium, and zinc.
There are cognitive supplement formulas that have stunning results in independent clinical studies, and helps restore the nutrients that we don’t get in our diet. These formulas have been clinically shown to help increase brain power to 15-20 years younger levels, improve focus and concentration, increase overall brain power, and reverse symptoms related to dementia and Alzheimer’s. To find out what supplements are best for you and your lifestyle, please see a professional certified in Brain Fitness in your community.
Your ears are a direct pathway to your brain. Your auditory nerve can stimulate a large portion of the central nervous system. When the sounds from the ear reach the the central nervous system, they’re distributed throughout the brain. Therefore, hearing loud, hard music can produce a destructive demeanor. In contrast, listening to classical music, with its rich full vibrant sounds and harmonious orchestrations, it produces a soft, more pleasant behavior.
Music can be very effective therapy for our brains. It can shift our mood, manage stress, help stimulate positive social environments, improve cognitive function and memory, and even help our coordination.
Learning to play a musical instrument has shown to help reduce the risk of developing dementia. It improves cognition because it requires concentration and long hours of practice.
Mnemonic devices are basic techniques we can use to help improve our ability to remember something. In other words, it’s a memory technique to help your brain better recall important information. These simple tricks help us associate the information we want to remember with an image, a sentence, or a word; like the acronym BAD SMASHES is a mnemonic device to help remember the 10 aspects of a brain healthy lifestyle.
All of us have problems remembering things whether we have a normal functioning brain or not. Having some ways to help us remember things can be very effective for remembering names, grocery lists, phone numbers, or anything you want to remember.
Dr. Paul Bendheim, M.D., a neurologist, reported 5 domains important to brain health. One of the 5 was social interaction. Every time we communicate with someone else we are creating something. Every sentence we utter and every time we comment on what someone else said we are stimulating many parts of our brains.
Staying socially active is a critical aspect of proper brain health. Not only is it good for our brain, but when we spend too much time alone or watching TV without interaction we are at greater risk for depression, heart attack, and even stroke.
“The general perception is that hearing loss is a relatively inconsequential part of aging,” says Frank Lin, M.D., an otologist and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University. But recent findings, he says, reveal that hearing plays a much more important role in the health of our brains as previously thought. Unfortunately, most people who have hearing loss are unaware of their loss for many years.
If you have noticed trouble with your hearing and would like to consult with a hearing professional contact us to find a hearing professional who is certified also certified in brain fitness and dementia prevention education. That profession can help include hearing health in your personalized brain fitness program.
Everyone knows physical activity is important for the body, but did you know it is just as important for the brain? In one University of California, San Francisco study they found that older adults who did not exercise (described as “couch potatoes” ) had, not only the worst cognitive functioning, at the start of a seven year study, but they also had the steepest rate of decline in mental abilities throughout the study.
Find an exercise program that is right for you. If you would like help, check with a professional certified in Brain Fitness to tailor an exercise program to fit your needs.
Sleep plays a crucial role in our healthy brain lifestyle. Good sleep has shown to improve mood, increase memory, and even decrease stress. It is helpful in reducing cortisol levels (which are elevated with stress).
If you are not getting a good night’s rest, look at some of the research on our site for tips on improving sleep quality or talk to a professional certified in Brain Fitness to create an effective sleep management program.