Maintaining Brain Health Is Important for Future Cognitive Function

Maintaining Brain Health Is Important for Future Cognitive Function
During the coronavirus pandemic, many people have posted on social media about their focus on good health via exercise. Turn on the news, and invariably at least one story will mention the importance of staying in shape while sheltering in place. But if given a nickel for every post about brain health, you’d have about 5 cents. Combining physical exercise with activities that also encourage brain health is a better plan. I recently chatted with Dr. Heather Snyder, vice president of medical and scientific relations at the Alzheimer’s Association, about taking care of the brain just as we do the rest of the body. According to the association, Snyder is responsible for the association's progress in Alzheimer’s research funding, and leads its International Research Grant Program. Having a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer's helped shape her advocacy about the issue, she said. “I think it’s influenced my overall passion and commitment to the cause," she said. "I want my children to have a different future, and to live in a different world where we don’t have Alzheimer’s and other dementia. So, it’s certainly influenced my day-to-day commitment in moving the research forward.” Snyder refers to the brain as the body’s control center, like how an engine relates to a car. “It’s at the center of everything we do. You want to make sure that you’re taking care of your brain and doing the things to keep your brain healthy. That includes a number of different things,” Snyder said.

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