​Encourage patien​ts to keep moving to keep t​heir brain sharp

June 30, 2021

​Do your patients worry about forgetting names, appointments, or where they left their keys? It happens to everyone, young and old. But repeated or frequent forgetfulness can sometimes be a sign of one or more factors, including Alzheimer's or dementia, depression, side effects of medications, stroke, poor nutrition, stress, or a lack of physical activity.1

Three things your patients can do today

Encourage your patients to take these three steps to keep their brains and bodies active and healthy.

  1. Get moving  
    • Working on crossword puzzles, playing cards, and reading books are commonly recommended as good ways to “exercise" the brain. Patients can also keep their brain healthy and their memory sharp by moving their feet! Brisk walking or moderate physical activity can increase the size of the brain region involved in forming memories (hippocampus). Even if patients haven't exercised in years, it's not too late to reap the rewards.1
  2. Get the support they need with SilverSneakers®
    • SilverSneakers is the nation's leading lifestyle and fitness program designed specifically for older adults. It's included with the Independence Medicare Advantage plan at no additional cost. Getting started is easy, and your patients have instant access to workouts, workshops, and more from the comfort of their home. Participating in SilverSneakers is also a great way to meet new people, virtually or in person.
  3. Learn early warning signs
    • Patients can learn how their brain stacks up, by taking The Dementia Screen test, a quick and easy way to assess memory and risk for dementia.

Note: This is not a standard screening test. We encourage all patients to meet with a provider for a professional assessment.

Patients can visit SilverSneakers.com/LIVE to sign up for live virtual classes or SilverSneakers.com/OnDemand to access an exclusive video library of workouts, wellness videos, and exercise programs.

1National Institutes of Health. “Moderate Exercise May Improve Memory in Older Adults." February 28, 2011. Available from: http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/february2011/02282011exercise.htm

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