Canberra, it’s time to Keep Your Life In Mind!
Do you ever feel that much of your life is spent looking after the needs of others and not enough time is set aside to look after yourself?
Midlife is a life stage where caring for the needs of immediate and older family members, whilst juggling a job and paying off the mortgage, often overshadows the need to maintain your own health.
Keep Your Life in Mind is an important reminder to take time out for yourself - to reconnect with what your brain needs to remain healthy today, and in the future. Taking positive steps towards maintaining good brain health today, may reduce your risk of dementia later in life.
There are many ways to maintain good brain health, such as catching up with friends, participating in activities that challenge your mind, eating healthy food and being active. Keep reading to learn more about the many ways to look after your brain, and links to activities around Canberra to keep you healthy and happy.
To help look after your brain health it's important to be social with people whose company you enjoy and in ways that interest you.
Spending time with friends and family creates better brain function and reduces your risk of chronic diseases such as dementia.
Keeping your mind active is important to keep it functioning well.
Challenging the mind with new activities helps to build new brain cells and strengthens connections between them.
Lifelong learning creates better brain function and reduces your risk of chronic diseases such as dementia.
A healthy, balanced diet can help in maintaining brain health and functionality and there are specific foods that can help to reduce the risk of dementia.
Enjoy eating and nourishing yourself with food that is good for your brain health.
Move, go outside, take a new step.
Being physically active stimulates your brain and strengthens your heart it is also associated with better brain function and reduced risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
What You Can Do
Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 for more information on dementia risk reduction;
- Visit your GP to discuss your risk of dementia
- Download Dementia Australia’s resources on reducing your risk of dementia
- Challenge your mind in Canberra
- Socially connect yourself with others in Canberra
- Consume food for life in Canberra
- Enjoy being active in Canberra
The following resources for the Keep Your Life In Mind campaign are available to download:
Keep Your Life in Mind is funded by ACT Health and administered by Dementia Australia.