What weighs three pounds and generates enough electricity to power a light bulb?
You got it, the human brain.
The brain is a dynamic and captivating organ that controls body functions, interprets information, processes approximately 70,000 thoughts a day, and is the center of all our skills, memories, emotions, and sense of self. Research is evolving but provides substantial evidence that people can reduce their risk of brain diseases through lifestyle changes. If you have a brain, then you too can be affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias—and it is never too late to take control of your brain health.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month—a prime opportunity to discuss the crippling disease and how to fight back. Start your brain fitness journey today by focusing on the six building blocks of brain health:
1. Physical Fitness
Exercise stimulates chemical changes in the brain that positively impact learning, mood, thinking, and memory. A recent study shows the link between long-term physical activity and an increase in the hippocampus volume—an area affected by Alzheimer’s.
A diverse fitness plan including aerobics, strength training, and balance exercises is good for your body and your brain. We offer a range of physical fitness amenities so that residents can participate in activities they enjoy and explore new hobbies. Learn more about Tribute’s physical fitness program on our blog.
Mediterranean is the way to go. Research shows that a diet rich in fish, whole grains, leafy greens, olives, and nuts helps maintain brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Increasing plant-based foods in your diet and limiting foods high in saturated fats such as meat and dairy boost your brain fitness.
We understand that diet is a critical component of health and revitalization and believe that organic, fresh, and natural meals can reinvigorate your mind and body. We designed the MARK V menu—Mediterranean, Artisan, Regional, Keto, Vegetarian—to provide quality fuel to your loved one. Learn more about our approach to nutrition.
3. Medical Health
Taking steps to maintain your overall health and wellness through exercise and diet is excellent but does not replace routine medical care. Many medical conditions are linked to brain function decline and should be monitored by a medical professional. Regular health maintenance allows seniors to manage different health concerns and play an active role in their health.
We have a team of compassionate healthcare professionals that provide onsite care for our residents including, a doctor dedicated to Tribute, a full-time Fitness Director, onsite nursing 24/7, and a partnership with Ageility Physical Therapy Solutions. Find out more about our specialty medical staff.
4. Sleep and Relaxation
Our bodies and minds cannot function properly without quality sleep. As we age, sleep becomes more important, and energy remains critical to maintaining a quality life. It can help manage stress, increase resiliency, and reduce the risk of depression. Even forms of relaxation such as meditation keep your brain happier and healthier.
Our community has been purposely designed to use a unique lighting system from Ketra Electronics, a leader in lighting technology, as part of our science-based approach to healthy living. The light system in Tribute produces natural lighting that rises and falls with natural daily rhythms. The lights help circadian rhythms stay in sync and lead to better sleep and healthier well-being and are believed to help reduce sundowning symptoms. Read more about our circadian lighting system and the benefits on brain health.
5. Mental Fitness
Brain reserve helps your brain adapt and respond to change and resist damage. It starts to develop as a child and strengthens through adulthood. Ever hear the saying, “use it or lose it”? That saying applies to our brain reserve. If we continue to learn, embrace new challenges, and develop new skills, we improve our brain reserve. And if not, our mind slowly dwindles. It is important to find hobbies, activities, or classes to keep our minds engaged, form new cellular connections, and strengthen existing ones.
We provide research-based, engaging programs designed to improve body, mind, and spirit. Our community specializes in programs that heighten concentration and help residents regain lost abilities or offset the effects of aging and memory-related diseases. Our brain training for those already in a steep decline include more tactile solutions such as occupational therapy and implementing routines. Learn more about our programs to increase brain fitness.
6. Social Connections
The more social interaction we have, the slower the rate of memory decline. Relationships with others have a significant impact on age-related cognitive impairment. Activities like spending time with friends and family members, joining clubs, and volunteering keep your mind agile and engaged.
Our goal is to provide programs and resources to support residents in all aspects of life, including friendships and social connections. We offer diverse activities and programs based on the Seven Dimensions of Wellness so our residents can live well-balanced lives. We encourage residents to participate in the activities they love to find like-minded individuals and build relationships. Learn more about the social activities we offer and our Life Dimensions Program.
Tribute Senior Living is uniquely designed to promote senior health through researched interventions like brain training, physical exercises, nutrition and inflammation reduction, and sensory-based engagement. Contact us to learn more about our services and approach to brain health.