Protect your head!
Protect your head!

Part 2: 3 Tips to Prevent Head Injuries

Although we are all at risk for head injuries, young people tend to suffer more head traumas. Therefore, it is important to protect your head, at any age, for lifelong brain health.

Here are some important tips:

  1. Wear an approved helmet when engaging in sporting activities such as skating, skiing, skateboarding, rollerblading and cycling. Set a good example and ensure that children in your care wear appropriate helmets.
  2. Drive safely and always wear a seat belt to reduce injuries in an accident.
  3. Prevent your risk of falls by:
    • removing tripping hazards in your home such as items on a staircase, small area rugs or shoes in a hallway
    • moving frequently used items so a chair or step ladder is not required to reach them
    • reviewing medications and dietary supplements (prescription and over-the-counter) with your doctor or pharmacist to avoid medications or combinations that may affect balance
    • improving lighting indoors and outside to improve visibility, especially around stairways, hallways and entrances
    • installing and using safety features like handrails on all stairs (interior and exterior) and grab bars in bathrooms
    • exercising to improve your strength, balance and flexibility

Note: Your abilities, health and interests should be taken into consideration when choosing brain healthy activities. If you have questions about your own situation, speak to your doctor or health care provider.

Source: Alzheimer Society of Canada


Brain Health - Protect your head

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