Get Moving!

Physically ActiveWe know that losing a few pounds (or more!) is a good reason to exercise. But did you know that exercise might also help to slow cognitive decline and even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s? Research suggests that sustained, moderate intensity aerobic exercise to elevate your heart rate can increase blood flow to your brain.

Find an activity that you enjoy to help get you moving. Ride a bike, take a walk, put on your favorite music and dance. Even working in the yard or garden can help to increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Make your workout even more enjoyable by buddying up with a friend or neighbor, joining an exercise class or participating in a group sport.

Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

Be sure to wear helmets and/or other protective gear to protect your head.

Play it safe. Prevent falls.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older adults, and one-third of adults over age 65 fall every year. Falls in which your head is injured may affect your brain’s ability to function normally, causing unconsciousness, confusion and other symptoms. Play it safe with the following tips:

  • Engage in regular physical activity to improve your strength and balance and reduce your risk of falling.
  • At home, cover or put objects out of the way that may increase your risk of tripping and falling, such as shoes, throw rugs, or electrical cords.
  • Turn on lights when you enter a room so you can clearly see obstacles. Consider installing extra lighting in areas that tend to be dark.

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