Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Older Adults - Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation
New Year's Resolutions

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Older Adults

A healthy lifestyle can lead to a healthy brain. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to adopt some beneficial habits to help reduce your risk of cognitive decline. See our list of healthy brain resolutions below for a happy and proactive 2019!

BREAK A SWEAT

Cardiovascular exercise, like walking or swimming, increases blood flow to the brain and raises your heart rate. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.

BECOME A BOOKWORM

Stimulating your mind by taking a class at a local college or community center can help reduce the risk of dementia.

QUIT SMOKING

Studies have shown that quitting smoking can reduce the risk of cognitive decline. It’s not too late to ­quit!

PROTECT YOUR NOGGIN

Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.

FUEL UP!

A balanced and healthy diet that is higher in vegetables & fruit and lower in fat may help reduce your risk of cognitive decline. Though research on diet and cognitive function is limited, diets such as Mediterranean may contribute to risk reduction.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline. We suggest you seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Stress management can also be a simple first step.

BRAIN EXERCISE

Challenge and stimulate your mind. Complete a jigsaw puzzle, paint your own greeting cards, play games, such as bridge or scrabble. Brain exercise may have short and long-term benefits for your cognitive abilities.

BE A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

Staying socially engaged may support brain health! Try picking up a literature seminar, exercise class, hobby or social club at a community center to help reduce the risk of dementia.

Inspired by an article published by the Alzheimer’s Association in 2015. Together we can make a difference.

About the Author Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation

At the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) our mission is to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia, and their caregivers. We actively work to achieve this mission through research-based programming for all stages of Alzheimer’s, Caregiver Support Groups, in-home respite solutions, transportation options, and additional services.

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