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Promoting Brain Health

Discover the ways you can promote brain health and reduce your risk of developing dementia.

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Understanding Brain Health

Learn about some of the healthy lifestyle behaviours that you can do to reduce your risk of developing dementia.

The importance of brain health

Promoting brain health is important because our brain is the control centre of our body and plays a critical role in our overall well-being. The brain controls everything from our thoughts, emotions, and behaviour to our movement, senses, and bodily functions. Maintaining good brain health can help prevent or delay the onset of cognitive decline and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. 

Recent research has shown that there are several actions you can take to promote brain health and delay or prevent cognitive impairment.

It is never too early or too late to reduce your risk of dementia.

Read our detailed overview to learn more about what you can do to promote your brain.

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Helpful Links and Resources

Expert-selected websites and documents related to cognitive impairment.

Promoting Brain Health PDF Download

Download this 2-page handout with key points about brain health, as well as helpful resources.

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Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines

Canada’s first ever 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults offer clear direction on what a healthy 24 hours looks like for Canadian adults aged 65 years and older.

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Brain Health Food Guide

The Brain Health Food Guide, developed by Baycrest, provides practical advice about healthy eating for the aging brain.

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Smokers' Helpline

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Canada's Guidance on Alcohol and Health

Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health provides people living in Canada with the information they need to make well-informed and responsible decisions about their alcohol consumption.

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CCSA Drinking Less is Better Infographic

Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health, Public Summary: Drinking Less Is Better (Infographic) from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

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Dementia Risk Reduction - McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

Comprehensive review of how you can reduce your risk of dementia.

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McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

Your source for healthy aging information you can trust.

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Exercise: Power Medicine for Health and Aging

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Hacking Exercise for Health. The Surprising New Science of Fitness

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iGericare Dementia Education for Family Caregivers

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Social Isolation: Are You at Risk?

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