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Aging Gracefully

How to Maintain Brain Health

As we age, we need to exercise our brains in various ways to keep them sharp.  Some ways to do that are:

  • Exercise -especially aerobic exercise such as running, walking, playing basketball, dancing, hiking, swimming, and tennis.
  • Eat right-vegetables, fruits, protein and be sure to drink enough water. Stay away from anything white-sugar, white rice, white potatoes. Remember, the darker the color, the more nutrients in the fruit or vegetable. For instance, eat more blueberries and dark green leafy vegetables.
  • Challenge your brain to work in novel ways-take a different route to work, learn something new on the computer, learn a new language (no matter how long it takes you!) start a new hobby or craft, take a class, use your non-dominant hand to brush your teeth, learn how to play a musical instrument, etc.
  • Explore new places or cultures; try different food and possibly learn how to make it.
  • Surround yourself with stimulating people and situations, go to museums, concerts, sporting events, etc.

Support Group for Caregivers

Caregivers Support Group

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) began a Caregivers Support Group two weeks ago for people who are caring for elderly friends or relatives or for disabled children.  The group began meeting February 1, 2013 noon-1:00.  The participants had a lot to share! Come and join us.  We will meet every Friday in the EAP suite.  Register for the group by calling 410.328.5860 or by emailing Maureen at mmccarre@psych.umaryland.edu

Employee Assistance Program

419 W. Redwood St., Suite 560 Baltimore, MD 21201 667.214.1555 (Fax) 410.328.1132