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Canadians are living longer and are living better. Healthy lifestyle habits can help promote brain health and prevent chronic diseases. Learn more about nutrition’s important role in keeping your brain healthy.
Making healthy lifestyle choices is important for your well-being as you get older. Eating well, being physically active, managing your stress and keeping your brain active are great ways to keep your brain healthy. A healthy brain also improves your ability to enjoy your life while helping reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Choose nutrient-dense foods – As you get older, you may find your appetite isn’t as big as it used to be. It is important to make sure that the foods you eat are high in nutrients. These are known as nutrient-dense foods, because they provide a lot of vitamins and minerals with few calories. Vegetables, fruit, and whole grains are examples of nutrient-dense foods. These keep your brain and body healthy and help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Choose foods over supplements – Some research suggests vitamin and mineral supplements may help maintain and improve brain function as you get older. However, not all supplements will be helpful. Speak with your doctor or health care professional before taking supplements.
Enjoy a variety of foods to keep your brain and body healthy.Canada’s Food Guidehas specific recommendations for people 51 years of age or older. These recommendations maintain and support brain health. For older adults, this means:
To learn more about general nutrition and aging, visit the following resources:
Older adults eating well
Staying healthy through menopause and beyond
Just for men – staying healthy over 50
Keeping active is a step forward in maintaining your health and helping you feel your best. Make physical activity part of your daily routine by choosing activities that you enjoy. Being active also helps reduce stress, improves your mood, and helps you feel healthier and stronger as you get older. Keeping your brain active with crossword puzzles, reading and social events is also important to maintain overall brain health.
To learn more about being physically and mentally active at any age, visit the following resources:
Active Living Coalition for Older Adults
Physical activity tips for older adults
Brain Booster, Alzheimer Society
A nutritious diet is important at every life stage, and especially as you get older. Making healthy food choices is not only good for your overall health, but also important to support brain health.
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