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Upcoming Event at The Kensington Redondo Beach: Staying Sharp with AARP

The Kensington Redondo Beach is dedicated to promoting brain health and a happier lifestyle as we age.

That’s why we’re looking forward to our upcoming event featuring an insightful presentation with AARP, “Brain Health & Aging”, an initiative designed to support cognitive health through evidence-based strategies.

Event highlights

  • Date and Time: July 18th from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. PDT
  • Location: Virtual event
  • Featured Program: Staying Sharp by AARP

Rachel Lazarus, PhD, will discuss Staying Sharp, a program from AARP that offers science-based resources related to the six pillars of brain health and other aspects of cognitive aging. The pillars of brain health are based on scientific research that shows a healthy lifestyle protects the brain. Staying Sharp helps you develop meaningful and lasting brain-healthy practices.

Lindsay Chura, PhD, will introduce you to AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), a collective created by AARP to provide trusted information about how to support brain health. A governance committee of approximately a dozen experts from around the world comprises the hub, and it leads issue specialists in examining priority areas such as physical exercise, cognitively stimulating activity, mental well-being, diet, sleep, stress, social engagement, and supplements.

Our promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.

The importance of a brain-healthy lifestyle

As we age, maintaining brain health becomes increasingly important. Research has shown that healthy habits can significantly impact cognitive function and well-being.

Here are some key strategies to promote a brain-healthy lifestyle:

  • Balanced diet: Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can provide essential nutrients that support brain function. Foods like berries, leafy greens, fish, and nuts are particularly beneficial.
  • Regular physical activity: Regular exercise helps improve blood flow to the brain, reducing the risk of cognitive decline. Walking, swimming, yoga, and strength training can be enjoyable and beneficial for brain health.
  • Mental stimulation: Keeping the brain active through puzzles, reading, learning new skills, and socializing can help maintain cognitive abilities. The Staying Sharp program offers various activities and games to challenge and stimulate the mind.
  • Adequate sleep: Quality sleep is crucial for cognitive function, memory consolidation, and overall brain health. Establishing a regular sleep routine and creating a restful environment help ensure adequate rest.
  • Stress management: Chronic stress can negatively impact brain health. Techniques like mindfulness, meditation, and deep-breathing exercises can help manage stress and promote mental well-being.
  • Social engagement: Staying socially active and connected with others can enhance brain health and emotional well-being. Participating in community events, clubs, and social gatherings can provide valuable interaction and support.

Understanding the Staying Sharp program

The Staying Sharp program by AARP is a comprehensive initiative designed to empower individuals with the knowledge and tools needed to maintain and improve brain health.

The program is grounded in scientific research and offers practical advice on various aspects of cognitive wellness.

Here’s an in-depth look at what the program entails:

  • Educational resources: The program provides access to many articles, videos, and expert interviews covering the latest research in brain health. Topics include nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, and cognitive exercises.
  • Personalized brain health plans: Participants can create customized plans tailored to their needs and goals. These plans offer step-by-step guidance on incorporating brain-healthy habits into daily life.
  • Interactive tools and activities: Staying Sharp features various interactive tools, including brain games, puzzles, and quizzes designed to challenge and stimulate the mind. These activities are not only fun but also beneficial for cognitive health.
  • Community support: The program fosters community by encouraging participants to share their experiences and progress. This support network can be invaluable in maintaining motivation and achieving brain health goals.

The science behind brain health

Understanding the science behind brain health can help individuals make informed lifestyle choices. The following are some key findings from recent brain health research.

Neuroplasticity

The brain has the remarkable ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.

This neuroplasticity allows the brain to adapt to new experiences, learn new information, and recover from injuries.

Engaging in mentally stimulating activities can enhance neuroplasticity and improve cognitive function.

Exercise and brain health

Physical activity has been shown to increase the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that supports the growth and survival of neurons.

Regular exercise also improves blood flow to the brain, enhancing cognitive performance and reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

Nutrition and cognitive function

Diet plays a crucial role in brain health.

Antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients in fruits, vegetables, and fish can protect the brain from oxidative stress and inflammation.

These nutrients are essential for maintaining cognitive function and preventing age-related mental decline.

Sleep and memory

Sleep is vital for memory consolidation and overall brain health.

During sleep, the brain processes and stores information from the day, making it easier to recall in the future.

Poor sleep quality can impair cognitive function and increase the risk of cognitive decline.

Stress and the brain

Chronic stress can harm the brain, including shrinking the hippocampus, a region involved in memory and learning.

Stress management techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and exercise can help mitigate these effects and promote brain health.

Practical tips for a brain-healthy lifestyle

Implementing brain-healthy habits can be simple and enjoyable.

  • Eat a rainbow: Incorporate a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables into your diet to ensure you’re getting a wide range of nutrients. Berries, leafy greens, and cruciferous vegetables are particularly beneficial for brain health.
  • Stay active: Find physical activities that you enjoy and make them a regular part of your routine. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, such as brisk walking, swimming, or cycling.
  • Challenge your mind: Engage in brain-stimulating activities such as puzzles, reading, learning a new language, or playing a musical instrument. These activities can help build cognitive reserve and protect against cognitive decline.
  • Prioritize sleep: Establish a consistent sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine to improve sleep quality. Avoid caffeine and electronic devices before bed to help ensure a restful night’s sleep.

Brain health FAQ

Q: What are the seven ways to keep your brain healthy?

A: The seven most effective strategies include:

  1. Eating a balanced diet
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Engaging in mental stimulation
  4. Getting adequate sleep
  5. Managing stress
  6. Staying socially active
  7. Avoiding harmful habits

Q: What food is good for the brain?

Foods high in omega-3s, such as fatty fish and nuts, and foods that contain antioxidants, such as berries and broccoli. Dark chocolate and green tea, which, in moderation, contain a healthy amount of caffeine, can help support memory and concentration.

Q: What can I do to keep my brain sharp?

Activities such as jigsaw, crossword, and Suduko puzzles can help keep the brain in shape. Reading is also a great way to maintain memory functions and cognitive ability.

Embrace a healthier, happier lifestyle with The Kensington Redondo Beach

Healthy habits support brain health and lead to a happier, more fulfilling lifestyle.

The Kensington Redondo Beach is an assisted living and memory care community committed to providing resources and opportunities for seniors to thrive mentally and physically.

We invite you to attend our July 18th event at 12:30 p.m. to learn more about the Staying Sharp program and discover ways to enhance your brain health.

For more information about our assisted living and memory care programs, please contact The Kensington Redondo Beach. We look forward to meeting you!

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