Program Recap - July 2, 2014
As the number of people living longer grows, so does the concern about and attention paid to problems affecting the brain. Neurologist Dr. Bayard Miller joined Rotary last week to good practices for keeping your brain healthy.
Stroke and dementia are the two main causes of brain dysfunction or illness, both of which are primarily prevalent in older people. Dr. Miller pointed out that knowing what to do in the event of a stroke or how to care for people suffering from dementia is key, there are steps we can take to keep our brain healthy that may reduce the risk for either later in life.
The main risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and significant alcohol and drug use. Decreasing these risk factors early in life can help reduce the chance of stroke later on.
Dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s and other senility problems as well as many others, can sometimes be attributed to a significant decrease in or lack of 3 main kinds of activity: mental, physical and social. Not discounting the role of genetics, Dr. Miller pointed out that while establishing healthy practices in these areas is hard work, studies have shown that individuals who actively pursue healthy lifestyles that address all 3 of these areas generally show fewer or less severe cases of dementia.