Our Azura of Eau Claire Director of Community Relations, Lindsey Creapeau, recently gave a Brain Health Essentials presentation at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire, WI. This presentation is among the many free presentations Azura Memory Care offers through its Speaker Bureau to offer advice, knowledge, and support to those throughout the community.
The presentation detailed what can be done now in supporting your overall brain health; including nutrition and mind-stimulating exercises.
“Although it wasn’t necessarily the topic, we started by introducing dementia and how it affects the brain,” said Creapeau. “Since there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia, we wanted to give the community viable ways to help better their chances of not developing this disease.”
So, how can you keep your brain healthy?
Many researchers have been studying the key factor of diet when it comes to overall brain function and cognition. There was one diet in particular the group discussed that has been deemed as the “DASH Diet”, also commonly phrased as the “Mediterranean diet” for its coastal, European food demographic.
Creapeau also mentioned the power of antioxidants, while amazing for your brain, they are also held in high regard for clearing up some proteins that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. A common rule of thumb for antioxidant intake is the darker the color of a fruit or vegetable, the higher the level of antioxidants.
“We also touched on how to naturally incorporate some of these super-foods into your diet,” stated Creapeau. “If you are not a big fan of kale on its own, there are so many modifications you can make to curb your taste buds to not even notice it. A couple that we highly recommended is putting it into smoothies or making kale chips.”
The presentation included a taste-testing with other proven brain-friendly snacks including nuts, pomegranate juice and dark chocolate with almonds. The group also discussed the beneficial compounds found in red wine that have been found to strengthen brain activity (yes really, red wine).
What are some other ways to keep the brain healthy?
Along with mindfully feeding the brain, it is important to cognitively exercise the brain with mind-stimulating activities. Some recommended activities include, jigsaw, crossword puzzles and playing board games. Physical exercise is also golden in boosting brain power and keeping cognitive issues at bay.
Creapeau will be leading another presentation on March 29th titled Memory Mishaps, which will look at what happens to the brain as we age and why misplacing your keys doesn’t necessarily mean you have dementia, or could it? Contact the L.E. Phillips Senior Center at 715-839-4909 to register!