The brain is an incredible organ. It is made up of many different parts, all of which work together to keep you alive and allow you to involve yourself in, and make sense of, the world around you.
Keeping your brain healthy is essential for living a fulfilling, healthy and long life. It's never too early or too late to start as brain health can be improved and protected at any age.
Alzheimer’s Australia’s Your Brain Matters program is based on scientific evidence that a number of health and lifestyle factors, that we can all do something about, are associated with brain function and the risk of developing dementia.
The brain changes that cause dementia begin many years before any symptoms appear. The evidence suggests that midlife is a critical time to think about looking after your brain, body and heart. But it is never too late to make changes that will improve your brain health.
Alzheimer’s Australia’s vision is for a society committed to the prevention of dementia, while valuing and supporting people living with dementia. An active, healthy lifestyle and effective treatment of cardiovascular risk factors may also benefit people diagnosed with dementia, helping to slow the decline in their abilities.
So what is recommended? There is good evidence to support a range of lifestyle and health strategies to keep your brain healthy and reduce your risk of developing dementia.
See the 5 Simple Steps section for more information.