Promoting a brain-healthy lifestyle
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Promoting a brain-healthy lifestyle

Christine A Ganzer Assistant professor, Department of nursing, New York Institute of Technology
Cheryl R Zauderer Assistant professor, Department of nursing, New York Institute of Technology

Simple adjustments to diet, exercise and social and cognitive stimulation, can slow the effects of ageing on the brain, say Christine Ganzer and Cheryl Zauderer

The population of older adults is increasing worldwide. Old age is often associated with a continuous decline in memory and along with other forms of cognitive decline can impede the self-management abilities necessary for everyday functioning. Recent research suggests that adapting a brain-healthy lifestyle may reduce age-related cognitive decline and, in some instances, improve memory and thinking. As a health educator the gerontological nurse can help older people to navigate the information essential to improving brain health. Nurses can incorporate knowledge about brain-healthy behaviours into older adults’ routines.

Nursing Older People. 23, 7, 24-27. doi: 10.7748/nop2011.09.23.7.24.c8679

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