Brain Care Now
Interested in improving your McCance Brain Care Score?
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Been wondering about how to take care of your brain? Just like heart health, brain health can be maintained with lifestyle behaviors that will help keep you at your best, and work to prevent brain disease. Getting to know your McCance Brain Care Score(TM) is an important first step. Take the quiz now.
Everyone has room to improve – pick one area that works for you, and take steps to improve your brain care now. If you need help getting your medical data (blood pressure, A1c, cholesterol, etc.) log in to your online medical record or talk to your doctor at your next visit, and bring a copy of your brain care score with you.
Next step, learn more about what you can do to improve your brain care. The resources below cover the science behind brain health, as well as practical tips you can use in your daily life. Science is ever evolving, so be sure to check back regularly for new insights and helpful tips!
Below you will find a few resources to help you get started – for a more complete list, download this PDF with more suggestions.
Blood Pressure Control: Lowering your blood pressure can reduce risk of stroke, improving your Brain Care Score.
Improving Diet: A Mediterranean diet that’s high in vegetables, fruit and grains can improve brain health and heart health.
Even moderate consumption of alcohol can increase risk of cognitive decline over time; smoking is also detrimental to cognition.
Increasing Exercise: Exercising 150 minutes a week can improve heart and brain health. Finding exercise you like and getting started is a great first step.
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Getting Quality Sleep: Research has demonstrated that getting quality sleep is key to memory and brain health.
Reducing Stress: Reducing stress, through meditation or other means, can improve your mental health overall, and reduce risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Understand the relationship between stress and Alzheimer’s
Building Relationships and Learning New Things: Research has demonstrated that having people you can talk with and learning new things are good for brain health.
Striving for Meaning in Life: Having a sense of purpose can improve brain health at any age.
Following the S.H.I.E.L.D plan can help you remember how to stay on track with brain care.
Want to learn more about the McCance Center for Brain Health, and the McCance Brain Care ScoreTM? Visit our website, or read a recent medical journal article published by our faculty: “Brain health begins with brain care.” The Lancet, Neurology. November 2022