In this post, I want to bring your attention to the Women’s Brain Health Initiative. This organization is focused on funding research and educating women about brain ageing and brain ageing diseases.
In their own words, they exist because:
It was frightening to learn that women suffer from depression, stroke and dementia twice as much as men and an astounding 70% of new Alzheimer’s patients will be women. Yet research still focuses on men. We want to correct this research bias.
Their website and magazine “Mind over Matter” are great resources for women of all ages, from millennials to elders, to learn about brain health tips and stay up to date on the latest information about brain ageing diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
In their 2016 issue of Mind over Matter, they explore the latest research into how women can lower their risk of Alzheimer’s through simple lifestyle choices.
Here are the four key ways you and the other women in your life can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s:
1. Get Moving:
You can reduce your dementia risk by 30 – 40% just through higher exercise levels! The research clearly shows that physically active people typically have better cognitive function and memory. Even 15 minutes of regular exercise 3 times per week can help maintain your brain.
2. Pump Some Iron:
Exercise isn’t just about cardio. Studies show that lifting weights (light weights are fine!) increases cognitive function and levels of growth factors in the brain.
3. Never Stop Learning:
Challenging the brain increases the number of brain cells and connections between them. But you can’t just do the same things you normally do (like crosswords puzzles or Sudoku) – you have to learn something new! Try learning a new language or picking up a new skill.
4. Reduce Stress:
The negative effects of stress come up routinely in research. When we’re chronically stressed, our brain is too often flooded with the stress hormone cortisol, leading to consequences including impaired memory. The solution? Take more down time, try meditating, and reduce the stressors in your life!
The Women’s Brain Health Initiative is the largest resource of information specific to women’s brain health, like these tips for keeping the brain healthy. I encourage you to explore their site and share it with the women in your life.
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