It’s never too late to look after your brain health and take positive steps to maintain a sharp mind, according to community services organisation Be.
Be offers five tips to invest in brain health to maintain wellbeing and quality of life.
Acting Chief Executive Rosie Overfield said as our bodies aged, we could keep them healthy by maintaining strong muscles and joints – and the same was true of our brains.
“There are five tips we can all employ in our daily lives to make a real difference to our brain health,” she said.
“By continuing to learn, remaining socially active, choosing a positive mindset, exercising and eating well, and by remaining curious, people can make a real difference to their brain health.
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“Challenging your brain by learning new things changes the way connections are made in the brain, keeping it active. Many people have jobs that keep them mentally active. Pursuing a hobby, learning a new skill or new language, volunteering or mentoring are additional ways to keep your mind sharp.
“Connecting with other people is in our nature and remaining socially active as we age offers wonderful benefits for emotional and physical wellbeing.
“Interacting with others, learning new things from them and exchanging information keeps us social and can help to reduce stress which can negatively affect the brain.
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“Creating a positive mindset plays an important role in maintaining a healthy brain. Don’t underestimate the power of your own mind and how gentle nurturing and implementing exercises for the mind such as meditation and mindfulness can improve focus, sleeping patterns, reduce stress and improve pain management.
“Practicing healthy eating and exercise habits will contribute to a healthy brain that can be more resilient to the early signs of dementia. Eating healthy foods, exercising and getting enough sleep will all support brain health.
“Along with learning new skills, the ability to remain curious will keep your brain active and challenge it to constantly take in new information. Looking for interesting things to do in your community is a great way to stay involved and interested in your community. “
Be offers a range of one-on-one and group social activities across Queensland.