From the 13th to the 19th of March is Brain Awareness Week. Since people are living longer, the prevalence of degenerative brain disorders is, unfortunately, increasing.
The Brain Foundation believes that the Australian public receives too little information about how to keep the brain healthy, compared to the wealth of information about maintaining a healthy body and heart.
There are some lifestyle changes and risk reduction strategies to develop a healthy brain lifestyle!
* Exercise and challenge your brain! Instead of spending hours in front of the television, why not play some sudoku or pick up a reading book?
* Nourish your brain with a healthy diet and limit your alcohol consumption.
* Enjoy physical activity.
* Make safety a priority. Head trauma is a silent killer. Always strap on a helmet when riding a bike, and take diligent care during intense contact sports.
* Learn to manage stress and depression. Relax more and ensure you get adequate sleep each night.
* Have regular checks – blood pressure, diabetes, heart rate and cholesterol.
* Do not smoke or use illicit drugs.
For more information on brain related illnesses and ways you can help prevent potentially debilitating conditions, visit the Brain Foundation website at www.brainfoundation.org.au.