June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness Month- Five Tips to Help Focus on Brain Health This Month
Brain health is an easy topic to take for granted. But as we come out of an extended Pandemic Pause, it gives us a good reminder to take the proper precautions to keep our most valuable asset on the top of its game. Here are a few quick reminders to help prioritize brain health- now more than ever!
1. Meet the Party! Did you know that having meaningful connections with others is one of the best ways to keep your brain and memory healthy? From studies on the Blue Zones (locations throughout the world where people live the longest) to long-standing studies on healthy living seniors (the 90+ study)- your brain benefits from connecting with others. At Meet Hospitality, we make gathering with others our business. Whether gathering close friends for an unforgettable milestone celebration or re-connecting with co-workers, Meet Hospitality has the perfect Manhattan venue.
2. Meet the Mat! Whether breaking a sweat or just finding movement throughout the day, studies have shown that it helps with brain function (and heart health which affects brain function). But don’t forget to wear protection! Helmets are a necessary habit when riding bikes, rollerblades, scooters, etc to protect your noggin! Citibike locations throughout NYC (and close to each of Meet Hospitality’s Manhattan meeting and event spaces) have made it easier than ever to have a reason to exercise, beat the traffic, and skip the hassle of bike storage!
3. Meet the Sheets! One of the most important factors in a healthy brain well into one’s senior years is getting enough rest. Insomnia and sleep apnea are conditions that have long-term effects on brain health, mental health, and physical health. If you know that you suffer from one of these conditions, it is well worth the time and effort to address the condition early on so that it doesn’t take a long-term toll.
4. Meet the Mind! Whether reading books from a wide range of topics to expanding one’s education, or even playing challenging games and creative endeavors…exercising your cognitive abilities is a great way to keep your brain active and healthy. There are short and long-term benefits to giving yourself mental challenges and typically also offers stress-relieving outlets.
5. Meet the Bar! We knew that would get your attention! Studies have shown that moderate drinking of alcohol and caffeine helps with cognitive function later in life. That is news that we love to hear. But more than that, keeping a healthy diet of whole foods (lower in fats and higher in vegetables) such as the Mediterranean Diet and the Blue Zone diet are great ways to help keep your brain healthy. Selections from the Meet Eats menu, opting from some of New York Cities most beloved eateries provide tons of options for selecting healthy menu items for your next gathering.
If you would like to learn more or donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, please join our efforts this June!