y’all know i take my health seriously. and that includes my mental health too. but did you know that our physical health is directly tied to our cognitive health? if i’ve said it once i’ve said it a thousand times – exercise is key not only for our bodies but our brains when it comes to aging with grace, strength, and beauty.
did you know that Alzheimer’s disease has been the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.? unlike other chronic diseases Alzheimer’s cannot be cured, stopped, or reversed. sadly, women outrank men when it comes to this disease. nearly two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women.
despite the prevalence of Alzheimer’s in the U.S., it is a misunderstood disease. so today, i’m here to shed light on how we can maintain our brain health. because no one wants to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s. and all of us want to keep our cognitive development in tip-top condition. yet, how much do we know about maintaining our brain health? well, opens in a new windowMDVIP can help. as a matter of fact, let’s take a opens in a new windowBrain Health IQ quiz they created to help understand the risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. knowledge is power. right?!
i recently took the opens in a new windowbrain quiz and found it to be quite informative. and don’t worry if you don’t get a passing score. 46% fail the opens in a new windowBrain Health quiz. which goes to show we need to arm ourselves with much more information. i passed with a 77%. yikes! i had no idea that 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease. sad but true.
one of the questions from the opens in a new windowBrain Health quiz asked if depression can be commonly mistaken for Alzheimer’s. and it can. i got this one right. depression, along with stress and anxiety can interfere with concentration, resulting in forgetfulness, and confusion, that disrupt daily activities and appear as Alzheimer’s. this is good to know especially since amidst Covid-19 nearly two out of three Americans feel depressed and anxious.
what i didn’t know was that a misdiagnosed urinary tract infection can cause delirium which mimics Alzheimer’s symptoms. now i know. didn’t i tell you knowledge was power?
but there’s good news. there are many things we can today to reduce our risks from any of the above diseases that impact both our long and short term memory. brain health activities like crossword puzzles are good for us. so take a moment out of your day and solve those puzzles!
it’s also a good idea to maintain normal levels of vitamin D and B12. so work with your doctor to help you keep track of both vitamin D and B12. vitamins and supplements are good for the body and brain.