Step 5 - Enjoy social activity

Catch up with family and friends to keep your brain active. Even better, catch up over a walk.

Most of us are social beings and usually prefer the company of others rather than existing in isolation. It's always much more fun doing things with other people, to share experiences like going to the movies or a concert, take off on a trip somewhere or discover a new restaurant.

To help look after your brain health it's important to be social with people whose company you enjoy and in ways that interest you.

Social engagement has been found to have benefits for other health factors related to cognitive functioning, such as vascular condition and depression. It is mentally stimulating and may contribute to building brain reserve which then contributes to a lower dementia risk.

Research suggests that social activities that involve mental activity and physical activity such as dancing and team sports for example, provide even greater benefit for brain health and reducing the risk of dementia.

What else can you do to avoid dementia?

Your Brain Matters was supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund from July 2012 to June 2015.


The National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500

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