September 21, 2018 is World Alzheimer’s Day. I am taking a moment today to remember my grandfather, who I lost to Alzheimer’s disease, by doing what I can to live a brain healthy life and spreading the message of HOPE to the millions of families caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s or concerned for their own cognitive health. I hope that you will join me today in standing up and taking action in the fight against Alzheimer’s. While there is not yet a cure, that doesn’t mean we cannot fight back. I have RISEN and am fighting to protect my future self, will you join me?
Rebuild – Give yourself the gift of relaxation and sleep. Both are important for brain health and overall wellbeing. Tonight wind down your day with a relaxing activity and a good night’s sleep.
Improve – Take a moment to feed your brain by listening to music, reading, viewing or creating art, attending the theater, playing games, or building puzzles. Keep your mind active and inspired.
Support – Ask for help and give it to others. Take a moment today to do a small act of kindness for another person, even if it is as simple as opening a door for someone. The smallest gesture can mean the world to someone else, most especially to a caregiver in need of a little support.
Engage – Connect with friends, neighbors, or even a stranger in line to enjoy the art of conversation. Offer a compliment or even a wish for a good day. Spreading happiness can be contagious and socialization is a key ingredient of brain health.
Nourish – Feed your body by providing it daily movement, colorful and fresh vegetables and berries, and healthy fats such as olive oil, walnuts, and avocados. Give yourself the gift of healthy activity and food today, tomorrow, and for years to come.
Join me today in celebrating World Alzheimer’s Day and show me how you have RISEN!
Share a picture on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram of how you are living a brain healthy life today with #ProtectingMyFutureSelf on #WorldAlzheimersDay.
Dr. Marci Hardy, PhD is part of the scientific team at ADx Healthcare, serving as the Director of Health Sciences.