Health and Wellness - Save your brain

Ann Cochran - Dallas County Public Health

The Save Your Brain quiz promoted by the Iowa Department of Public Health is a learning tool to help you make wise decisions to lower your risk of a decline in thinking ability. Such a decline could be memory problems, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, which are all types of reduced brain function.

Once you are over the age of 65, your risk of decreased brain function is 23%, which means one out of every four persons in your community who are over age 65 have some cognitive decline. You can keep your brain healthy by choosing some habits now to stop your brain decline. Many of these healthy choices will also lower your risk of other problems such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. There is definitely a relationship between healthy habits and our overall health, including brain function.

The four areas to work on to save your brain are: eat well, get moving, learn something new, and be social.

Try the quiz online and then based on your score, make the recommended changes in your lifestyle that will help you maintain your brain function. The website is http://idph.iowa.gov/save-your-brain This research-based quiz is designed primarily for persons ages 60-75.