Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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Alzheimer’s Disease:

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It is the most common cause of dementia, characterized by the accumulation of plaques and tangles in the brain, leading to the death of nerve cells and loss of brain tissue.

Strategies for Maintaining Brain Health

In order to prioritize brain health and potentially reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, it is important to integrate various lifestyle practices into one’s daily routine. Several key factors have been identified as potential contributors to supporting cognitive function and overall brain health:

  1. Regular Exercise: Engaging in physical activity can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This could include activities such as brisk walking, swimming, or participating in fitness classes. Exercise not only promotes physical health but also plays a crucial role in maintaining cognitive function.
  2. Healthy Diet: Consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids may support brain health. Including foods such as berries, leafy greens, and fatty fish in one’s diet can provide essential nutrients that contribute to overall brain function.
  3. Mental Stimulation: Activities that challenge the brain, such as reading, puzzles, and learning new skills, may help maintain cognitive function. Engaging in intellectually stimulating activities on a regular basis can support neural connections and cognitive abilities.
  4. Social Engagement: Maintaining social connections and participating in social activities can contribute to brain health. Interacting with friends and loved ones, being part of a community, and engaging in social events can provide emotional support and cognitive stimulation.
  5. Quality Sleep: Prioritizing good sleep hygiene and aiming for adequate, restful sleep is important for overall brain function and health. Creating a sleep-conducive environment and establishing a consistent sleep schedule can positively impact cognitive abilities and overall well-being.

By incorporating these strategies into one’s lifestyle, individuals can aim to promote brain health and potentially lower the risk of cognitive decline and neurodegenerative conditions. Regularly reassessing these aspects of one’s life and making adjustments as needed can further contribute to long-term brain health.

While these strategies may support brain health, it’s essential to consult healthcare professionals for personalized guidance and recommendations.

Dr. Kre Johnson is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and the sole owner of Brownstone Healthcare and Aesthetics. She is the Medical Director of the City of Birmingham’s Employee Health Clinic-Brownstone BWell Birmingham. She is the Event Producer of Wifeology and the founder of Three Twenty Girls, Inc. She loves God, traveling, and all things Southern!!
Brownstone BWell: Brownstone Healthcare has partnered with the City of Birmingham to offer primary care services to the employees of the City of Birmingham for $0 copayment. This partnership is for preventative services & screenings and sick visits. We partner with your current primary care physician and our goal is to keep you out of the ER and urgent care. We do not share your information with the City of Birmingham. We uphold HIPPA and professional standards. You can visit us at our downtown location 1700 5th Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203 or Trussville: 4643 Camp Coleman Road #117 Trussville, AL 35173 205-202-5650 call for your appointment today.

Dr. Ankrehah Trimble Johnson aka "Dr Kre"


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