June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. As you can see from the photo, my colleagues and I wore purple to work last Friday in support of the cause. It goes without saying that this goes much deeper than simply wearing a color. When I sat down and really absorbed the statistics on alz.org, it sent me into a tizzy.
“Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States”
“1 out of 3 senior dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia”
Now I feel like it’s my single handed mission in life to cure Alz. Ok..that’s a bit dramatic as I am clearly not a clinical researcher, but I’m not going to lie, it scared me. With aging parents, I wondered what I could do to prevent the disease for them, for myself, for my son, and list goes on. Here is what I do know. I cannot cure Alzheimer’s but I can enhance my brain’s health function by eating well and staying mentally active. Here are some tips:
Stimulate the brain with mental challenges:
- crossword puzzles
- strategy games
- memory games
- learn a new craft
- learn a new instrument and teach others
Eat brain boosting (vitamin E) foods:
- dark green leafy vegetables: kale, broccoli, spinach, collard greens
- peanut butter
- sunflower seeds
Oh, and don’t forget physical activities! Regular exercise improves your overall health and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s. Whether it’s walking to the mailbox or cleaning your home, every bit counts towards creating a healthier you.
You can even wear purple in the process.