Your brain health

What is brain health?

The brain is an incredible part of the human body. Brain health is a relatively new concept that includes recognising different brain functions and is increasingly being researched due to the potential benefits to people of all ages.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines good brain health as, ‘a state in which every individual can realise their own abilities and optimise their cognitive, emotional, psychological and behavioural functioning to cope with life situations.’

There is evidence suggesting that being aware of our brain health and modifying our lifestyles in a number of simple ways can improve our health and wellbeing. It can also help reduce the risk of developing dementia in later life.

How to keep the brain healthy

Key ways in which to keep your brain healthy include physical activity, eating healthier, socialising and mentally stimulating activities such as reading, writing or games. This list is not exhaustive and there are many other interesting and beneficial activities to try – for example acting or singing! Get creative and enjoy yourself.

More information about brain health in general and the strategies to improve your brain health can be found through the following links:

Brain health support

If you are worried about your brain health, contact your GP. Information on specific conditions can also be found on the NHS website.

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