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Caregivers, COVID-19 and Brain Health

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought social isolation and uncertainty, impacting our brain health differently. Audette Rackley from the Center for BrainHealth suggests that we can engage in brain-boosting activities and modify everyday choices to live a more brain-healthy lifestyle. Rather than seeking a quick fix, we can engage in activities that exercise our brain, such as completing a project or solving a household challenge. For those with Alzheimer's, early-care partner support is crucial to maintaining a meaningful life. Research has shown that stress, sleep, nutrition, and smoking are controllable risk factors associated with cognitive decline. Therefore, individuals must prioritize brain health through healthy choices, talking to their doctor, and researching ways to reduce stress on the brain. With minor changes, we can move towards a healthier brain regardless of our age. Full article on aarp.org

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Audette Rackley, MS, CCC-SLP

Assistant Director, Strength-Based Programs Research Clinician


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