Protect your head!

Part 1: Protecting Your Head

Being proactive about brain health is something we can all do. Protecting your head is an important piece of the puzzle in reducing your risk for Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have found that people who have experienced brain injuries, especially repeated concussions have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. 

Protecting your head at every age makes more sense than ever. 

Young people are at a greater risk for head traumas that can affect their brain health in the future. It is important to wear a helmet during activities like:

  • Cycling
  • Skiing
  • Skateboarding or
  • Rollerblading

For older people or a person living with dementia taking care to avoid a fall is key. Most head injuries in older people are caused by falls. Try...

  • Taking the time to have a look for safety concerns around your own home. 
  • Improving the lighting around your home
  • Installing handrails for stairways. 
  • Being diligent when using ladders and step stools.

Wearing a seatbelt is important at any age and exercising is a great way to improve your strength and balance which could also help avoid a fall. 

Research has made it clear how important it is to protect your head no matter your age for lifelong brain health. Consider sharing this information with friends and family and take some time to think about steps you could take in your home to avoid a fall.

Source: Alzheimer Society of Canada


Brain Health - Protect your head

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