Cognitive Health – the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember- is an important component of performing every day activities. Cognitive health is just one aspect of overall brain health.
What is Brain Health?
Brain health refers to how well a person’s brain functions across several areas. Aspects of brain health include:
Cognitive Function – how well you think, learn, and remember.
Motor Function – how well you make and control movements, including balance.
Emotional Function – how well you interpret and respond to emotions (both pleasant and unpleasant)
Tactile Function – how well you feel and respond to sensation of touch – including pressure, pain, and temperature
Brain health can be affected by age related changes in the brain, injuries (such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury), mood disorders (such as depression), substance use disorder or addiction, and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. While some factors affecting brain health cannot be changed, there are many lifestyle changes that might make a difference.
A growing body of scientific researched suggests that the following steps are linked to cognitive health. Small changes may really add up; Making this part of your routine could help you function better.
Research shows that a combination of these healthy lifestyle behaviors may also reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Take Care of Your Physical Health
Taking care of your physical health may help your cognitive health. You can:
Visit any critical care unit, children’s hospital, or other specialty inpatient facility, and you’ll find a common feature: therapy dogs. For decades, healthcare practitioners have understood the surprisingly positive effects on patients of time spend with cute and cuddly dogs.
Doctors are in increasingly short supply these days, so it’s not uncommon for patients to spend more time with physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) than their actual MD. This trend has sparked controversy among physicians and patients alike.