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Hot Springs, Ark. – Just like the rest of the body, your brain needs exercise and
maintenance to protect its current and future health. In particular, your brain needs
to be stimulated socially, mentally, physically, and through nutrition and sleep.
Socializing with others can provide you with an opportunity for communication, critical thought,
creativity, and emotional expression. When you isolate yourself, you are at a greater
risk for developing depression and even dementia. Become socially strong through
Mental stimulation enhances brain cell connections and can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
This can be done in several ways:
Physical activity can be a big brain booster, especially exercises that increase your heart rate.
When your heart beats, it pumps oxygen rich blood to the brain. So, the more fit
the heart is, the more effectively it will feed your brain. This can aid in decision
making and conflict resolution skills.
Nutrition plays a large role in brain development and function. A brain-healthy diet encourages
good blood flow to the brain and protects the heart. Foods that are high in antioxidants
and omega-3 and low in calories, sodium, and cholesterol are recommended. Avoid or
limit foods that are fried, high in fat, high in sugar, or processed. Refined grains,
alcohol, and caffeine should also be limited. Some brain-healthy foods to try: dark-skinned
fruits and vegetables, cold water fish, nuts, and whole grains.
Sleep is also essential for brain function. While you are asleep, your brain is preparing
for the next day by creating new pathways to help you learn and remember information.
Being sleep deprived can decrease your ability to make decisions, solve problems,
and drive a car. Try these tips to improve your sleep habits:
Your lifestyle is a huge influence in determining your brain health. Establish or
maintain healthy lifestyle behaviors now to ensure optimal aging throughout your lifespan.
For more information on Keys to Embracing Aging, contact the Garland County Extension
Office at 623-6841 or 922-4703, email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.uaex.uada.edu.
Are you interested in joining an existing Extension Homemakers Club? EHC is the largest
volunteer organization in the state. For information on EHC call 623-6841 or 922-4703
or email email@example.com.
If you’re interested in becoming a Master Gardener and would like more information,
you’re welcome to attend their monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1pm at the Elks Lodge. You may also call the Extension
office on 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have several 4-H clubs for our Garland county youth who are 5 to 19 years old.
For more information on all the fun 4-H activities there are, call the Extension Office
at 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email Linda Bates at email@example.com.
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