AGING BRAIN: ALZHEIMER'S or DEMENTIA LURKING: YOUR EFFORTS?
Posted Dec 08 2010 7:35pm
The brain is a living organ. Just like every other organ in your body it has a certain life span. For those among you who take pride in your health may the following suggestions be already in your repertoire of health maintenance. If not read on. Those of you who may not be so diligent in taking care of your health needs please come on board and focus on the engine in your head that drives every other facet of your being.
The Baby Boomer generation continues to be one that “wants it all” and generally does what it takes to live life with gusto. If you are of that generation, are you living out that stereotype? Others of you who are conscious of your brain’s well being, what might you be doing to maximize brain functioning?
You may be aware that your brain is not as sharp as it used to be. You may have memory, information processing, or other brain related issues. What can be done? Research on the brain is going on at an accelerated pace due to new information, brain imaging, and other insights. I would like to share some of the resulting recommendations with you.
1.Lower stress: You have heard the expression “Stress kills” have you not. Well it is true. Stress, hypertension, kills off brain cells. Find various stress reducing methods for yourself.
2.Stimulate your intellect: Research is clear that people with higher education and/or a life style that involves complex brain activity have lower incidence of dementia.
3.Socialize: Having an active social life appears to have a positive effect on mood and cognitive skills. Try to hang out with positive people.
4.Learn brain training exercises: You might be surprised how much you can train your brain which then in fact controls your life. One of these is consistently thinking positive thoughts, while eliminating the negative. Focus on being grateful.
5.Exercise: Regular exercise creates new neural connections in the brain.
6.Healthy diet and weight: the food we eat affects brain health and weight management. My favorite food blogger is a woman named Brittany. Her inspirational ideas, complete with salivating pictures, is ahealthysliceoflife.com. Check it out.
7.Have meaning, purpose, excitement, and stimulation in your life.
8.Orgasm regularly: Stress is lowered, pleasurable feelings are experienced.
9.Enjoy music: Mood will be uplifted.
10.Consult an appropriate medical or psychological specialist for regular check ups regarding your physical, mental, emotional, and relational well being.
There are other things you can do. You may want to exercise your brain by researching on the internet for such elucidation. I welcome any further insights you glean because I can assure you that by having a Father facing Alzheimer’s disease at age fifty five, I am motivated to do all I can to keep my brain functioning to the best of its ability!
“The unexamined life is not worth living” Socrates
Dr. Stathas is a Counseling Psychologist, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in the Lake Oconee area. He is the Founder of the Stathas Life Development Center. He can be reached at 706-473-1780. Email:Stathas@plantationcable.net. Web site:drstathas.googlepages.com Blog:http://www.drstathas.com