By Alzheimer's Prevention Bulletin
A weakening brain is not an inevitable part of aging. While the brain does change with age just like other parts of our bodies, research shows that taking good care of our brains can help prevent decline.
How to sustain healthy brain behaviors and provide tips and tools to help people act in ways that can positively impact their brain health was the focus of the most recent Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) report. GCBH is a collaboration with AARP which releases a report each year on a different aspect of brain health. The report examines how individuals, communities, and supportive public policies can do more to support activities that promote brain health.
The report focuses on what they have learned about motivating people to maintain brain-healthy lifestyles and how communities can enact policies to promote this important goal. They report that enhancing brain health should include not just a focus on individual activities but on the social and environmental factors that influence people's behavior.
The report emphasizes the importance of commitment when it comes to making changes to support brain health. We know many lifestyle factors can impact our risk for memory and thinking problems. The challenge is, how do we maintain a lifestyle that will keep us as healthy as possible.
The GCBH report outlines six pillars of brain health:
So, how do we break our old habits to adopt new brain boosting behaviors? While this can be a challenge, GCBH experts provided some tips for making healthy changes.
You can read the full report to learn more about the recommended, multi-faceted approach to behavior change for individuals, communities and policy makers. The approach is designed to ensure all stakeholders have the knowledge, motivation and confidence to create ongoing lifestyle changes in their communities.
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