Simple Ways to Support Healthy Brain Function


Everyday Tips for Promoting Healthy Brain Function

Just like you work to exercise your body to promote your physical health, it is important to stimulate your brain to promote healthy cognitive function too. In light of World Alzheimer's Month, the health experts at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital are here to share some tips to help support healthy brain function for years to come.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

When it comes to supporting cognitive brain function, supporting your mental health can have a direct impact. Research suggests that having routine behavioral health screenings can not only help to identify and treat mental health disorders but recognize and address early signs of cognitive impairment in older adults.

Challenge Your Brain Regularly

Along with being a great way to fill your free time, having hobbies that challenge your critical thinking and problem-solving skills can also support healthy brain function. This is because this type of thinking stimulates the connections between your brain's nerve cells and can even promote the production of new brain cells—ultimately protecting you from future cell loss.

Some great activities to try out include:

  • Reading
  • Puzzles
  • Math problems
  • Word games
  • Painting
  • Drawing

Lead an Active Lifestyle

Staying physically active is another way to promote healthy brain function at any age. Regularly using your muscles and improving your physical health also improves your heart’s ability to pump oxygenated blood and nutrients throughout your body—including the part of the brain that is responsible for complex thought. Exercise also helps to improve the connection between your brain cells.

If you have questions about how you can further improve your cognitive brain function and ward off Alzheimer’s disease, reach out to your primary care doctor for more information.

Senior Care Services in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our team of trained professionals are dedicated to providing services with maximum independence and dignity to seniors of the Indian Wells Valley and the Rand District with Kern County. To learn more about our senior services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551.