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Webinar: Smart ways to protect your brain health
Join us for a free webinar to learn how you can protect the health of your brain as you grow older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 16 million Americans are living with cognitive impairment. While some of those are younger people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, the majority of people living with cognitive impairment are older. The signs of cognitive problems can be subtle and may include:
- Memory loss
- Asking the same questions or telling the same stories over and over
- Trouble performing familiar tasks like balancing a checkbook or following a recipe
- Difficulty coming up with the correct word
- Frequently forgetting appointments and things that have happened
- Failure to recognize familiar people and places
- Trouble exercising judgment, for example knowing what to do in an emergency
As our understanding of neuroscience has expanded, we’ve discovered that there steps are we can take to protect the health of our brains and our cognitive function as we age.
- Be physically active: Regular exercise promotes the flow of blood to the brain and may reduce the loss of brain cells.
- Eat for a healthy brain: High cholesterol may contribute to brain cell damage. In addition, a diet that includes ample dark-skinned fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial according to some studies.
- Be socially and mentally active every day: Visit friends, volunteer, and travel. Continuing to learn new skills like dancing, painting or a new language can help strengthen the connection between brain cells and protect the health of your brain.
To learn more about what you should do to keep your brain healthy and protect your cognitive function, join us for a webinar featuring Dr. Majid Fotuhi, who received his MD from Harvard and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Fotuhi is the founder and chief medical officer of NeurExpand Brain Center.
The webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT.