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Healthy Lifestyles Can Help with Brain Fog

Do you worry about brain fog or maybe something worse? A little memory loss is normal with aging, but there are serious issues that make daily activities harder to do. Because of this, it is just as important to focus on your mental and emotional health, as it is with physical health.

Practice a healthy lifestyle to better care for your brain

Seniors who regularly work their brain and practice other healthy lifestyle habits may be able to stay mentally healthier. Things like learning a new skill, exercising and eating healthy are small things you can do to help deal with changes in memory and mental skills. Remember, small changes can add up. Here are a few suggestions to help you function better:1,3

  • Take care of your physical health. Get regular check-ups and screenings, manage chronic illnesses like diabetes and depression, and get enough sleep.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish and poultry, and low-fat or nonfat dairy products. Limit solid fats, sugar and salt. Control portion sizes and drink plenty of water.
  • Be physically active. Even just a little movement can help in a big way.
  • Keep your mind active. Find meaningful activities like volunteering or hobbies.
  • Stay connected with social activities. Visit with family and friends, or join a walking group.
  • Manage stress. Exercise regularly, write in a journal, try relaxation techniques and keep a positive attitude.
  • If experiencing possible side effects impacting sleep, memory or brain function, talk with your doctor about your medications and supplements.

When to talk to your doctor

If you, or someone you love, has problems remembering recent events or thinking clearly, talk with a doctor. Other signs it may be time to consult a professional, include:1

  • Repeating questions and comments
  • Wandering aimlessly in familiar places
  • Not understanding directions or recipes
  • Being disoriented around people, in places and about time
  • Foregoing good hygiene

Benefits of exercise

A number of studies have shown that individuals who are more physically active are less likely to experience cognitive decline and dementia in later life compared to those who are inactive.3 Even just a little bit of exercise can have great benefits.

Not sure where to start? SilverSneakers® is a lifestyle and fitness benefit designed specifically for seniors, and may be included with your health plan at no additional cost. SilverSneakers is more than a fitness program – it’s a way of life. Staying active can help you improve your brain health, so you can go on living the life you want. Go to Silver Sneakers check eligibility to see if you are eligible today.

For more information on brain health, check out the SilverSneakers blog .

About SilverSneakers

SilverSneakers, by Tivity Health, is the nation’s leading community fitness program for Medicare eligible Americans. The program was founded in 1992 and is available to more than 16 million Americans through many Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement carriers, and group retiree plans. For more information, to check eligibility or to enroll in the program or sign up for a SilverSneakers newsletter, go to

Always talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

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