Alzheimer’s Association encourages Oklahomans to make brain health a priority as Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Awareness Month approaches
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Awareness Month comes in June, and the good folks in the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association want Oklahomans to make it a priority. brain health.
More than 67,000 Oklahoma residents live with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 129,000 family and friends serve as their caregivers, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“The past year has been extremely difficult for most Americans,” said Sandi Pellow, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Chronic stress, like that experienced during the pandemic, can impact memory, mood and anxiety. As the people of Oklahoma begin to get back to normal, we encourage them to make brain health a priority. “
The Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter offers the following five suggestions for promoting brain health and helping Oklahoma residents restore mental well-being:
- Start adopting brain healthy foundations again. Evidence suggests that healthy behaviors have taken a back seat for many Americans during the pandemic. The Alzheimer’s Association – through the US POINTER study – is examining the role that lifestyle interventions, including diet and exercise, can play in protecting cognitive function. Many experts agree that people can improve their brain health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline by adopting healthy habits.
- Get back to normal at your own pace. Many Americans are anxious to return to normal life after the pandemic, but others are anxious. The Association suggests taking small steps. It can also be important to set boundaries and communicate your preferences to other members of your social circles.
- Help others. Helping others can not only make you feel better, it can also be good for you. Research shows that helping others in times of crisis can be an effective way to alleviate stress and anxiety.
- Unplug and unplug. Technology has dominated our daily life like never before. While technology has kept us connected thanks to COVID-19, it has also created fatigue. Experts advise setting limits on your screen time, avoiding carrying your phone everywhere, and disconnecting from digital devices at bedtime.
- Control your stress before it controls you. Prolonged or repeated stress can exhaust the brain, leading to serious health problems, including memory loss and an increased risk of dementia. Reports indicate that caregivers with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are particularly vulnerable to physical and emotional stress. The Alzheimer’s Association also offers advice to help manage stress for caregivers.
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