Brain health is different from mental health. Mental health relates to your psychological wellness and how you feel about your life. Brain health, on the other hand, refers to your ability to think clearly, learn and remember, as well as your motor control, which is your ability to control your body movements. Some level of cognitive decline, forgetfulness and decrease in motor functions is common as you get older and not necessarily an immediate cause for concern. There are measures you can take to exercise your brain and help prevent further decline. And there are also warning signs for when something more serious might be happening.
While some aspects of brain health are out of your control, there are many healthy brain habits that you can adopt to keep your brain at peak performance. These include:
Taking care of your physical and emotional help can also support your cognitive health. Get information and resources on staying active and maintaining your psychological well-being.
Regardless of how actively you keep your brain engaged, there are serious cognitive impairments that you may face. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia can be scary and cause you to feel lost and uncertain. At Banner Health, we understand these feelings and are here to help you navigate this uncertainty so that you are never alone as you face what’s next.
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Some lapses in memory are an expected part of aging. Understanding the differences between normal forgetfulness and signs that there could be something more serious can help put your mind at ease and help you to know when it’s time to seek help. Some of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s include:
Early detection matters. Even though there is not yet a cure for Alzheimer’s, there are many treatments that can help you live longer and happier.