Being Brain Healthy

It's important! Your brain is your most valuable health asset. You need to protect it all your life.

Being brain healthy is important at any age.

It is particularly important once you reach middle age as this is when changes start to occur in the brain. 

To lead a brain healthy life you need to look after your brain, your body and your heart – the earlier the better.

Scientific research suggests that leading a brain healthy life may reduce a person’s risk of developing dementia later in life. There are no guarantees however, as dementia cannot yet be prevented or cured but evidence does show that people can reduce their risk for dementia and other chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer by adopting healthy lifestyles.

Think of your brain as being on a pedestal and that your role is to guard this most precious asset by making sure it is well nourished with good nutrition choices while enjoying the benefits of physical exercise and mental challenges.

It is never too late to switch to a healthier lifestyle. You don’t need to start doing expensive new brain-training programs either – although they may be helpful – much of what you need to do to enjoy good brain health are simple things that you can easily do in your everyday life to lower your risk of developing dementia.

When it comes to maintaining our overall well-being prevention can be a powerful ally as you will discover by following our 5 Simple Steps to Maximise Your Brain Health.

Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 for questions, information, advice.

 

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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.

 

Alzheimer's Australia would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians and carers of the country of Australia.