We tip our hats and recognize all the trailblazing women this International Women’s Month, celebrating especially those who have made a mark in our history in different fields such as sciences, sports, journalism, politics, and many more. For this year, it is about "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope," a reference to the Covid-19 pandemic and acknowledging the role of women in the past two years.
But we are also aware of the statistics of women versus men in terms of health concerns. The Alzheimer’s Society writes that women with dementia outnumber men 2 to 1, worldwide. Dementia risk increases with age, and as women are likely to live longer than men, women are thus more prone and at higher risk of getting dementia.
The article also adds that “with women being 65 per cent of the people affected by dementia, we must make sure that any new therapy works for them as well as men. From the lab to the pharmacy, it's important to note that the fields of dementia research, care and treatment can improve the lives of both men and women.”
Thus, as we acknowledge the contributions of the wonder women in our lives, we must also be mindful of dementia being a health concern, and find ways to prevent and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases.
The Alzheimer’s Society reminds us to be physically active, as this helps in blood circulation, weight management, and mental well-being. Make sure to find activities that you enjoy, whether alone or with loved ones, at home or in the gym, at the park, or anywhere accessible. Here are some tips for a stronger brain health:
1) Eating healthy goes with being physically active. You are what you eat, they say, and this holds true especially when you want to be in good physical, emotional, and mental health. The more colorful your plate is, the better – with greens, fruits, proteins, less meat, more fish, and other vitamin-enriched food.
2) Avoid smoking. This cannot be stressed enough. Studies have shown that smoking has contributed to many diseases. Smoking and cardiovascular disease have a direct association with cognitive function, according to the Translational Genomic Research Institute, where they studied 70,000 people globally from 18-85 years old.
3) Lessen your alcohol intake. Excessive alcohol consumption over a lengthy time period can lead to brain damage, and may increase your risk of developing dementia. This article mentioned that heavy drinking reduces the volume of the brain’s white matter, which helps transmits signals between different brain regions, thus leading to issues with brain functionality.
4) Train your brain for a healthier mind.
Neeuro has come up with various brain training solutions that help prevent cognitive decline that leads to mental illness. Memorie, a collection of 16 cognitive digital games, gives you an opportunity to constantly be mentally active and healthy, where you can increase your productivity, enhance focus, memory, and other cognitive skills, and improve your ability to perform daily tasks.
Galini, the world's first measurable stress management solution that’s tailored to provide optimal Relaxation and Mindfulness, comes with a suite of scientifically proven techniques that helps you to achieve peace and clarity of mind.
Both Galini and Memorie can be used with the Neeuro SenzeBand 2, a non-invasive, portable electroencephalograph (EEG) device that captures brainwave signals, where one is able to get real-time feedback and be more aware of one’s mental states. Working seamlessly together, the SenzeBand 2 can help to train one’s brain to remain in tip-top condition or even help to alleviate stress with a variety of relaxation activities that helps condition your mind into a relaxed and calm state.
It is thus necessary that while we celebrate women this month of March, we must also always be mindful of how we can best manage our health and mental well-being, keep dementia at bay, so that we can continue to #breakthebias and be what we do best, being phenomenal women.
Click below to check out Neeuro's various brain training solutions for a healthier mind.