A mentally active lifestyle (reading widely, visiting museums, or learning a new skill) can greatly benefit your brain health.
Participating in activities and hobbies that put you in a positive mood can help your brain function at its fullest.
Exercising regularly helps reduce cardiovascular risk factors which can lead to better cognitive health.
As you get older you lose some nerve connections but exercising your mind helps to maintain or grow new ones.
Eating a nutritious, balanced diet with high intake of fruits and vegetables, vitamins and healthy fats can help your brain.
Avoid harmful substances. Smoking, excessive alcohol and drug abuse will damage your brain capacity.
Keep a close eye on your medical conditions, e.g., high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Ask your GP for a memory screen to check up on your brain, just as you would with any other health issue.
Physical activity guideline links
How to look after your body
How to look after your mind
General information about living a healthy lifestyle, pointers for a healthy brain
Brain game booklets
Brain training apps
Language learning resources
Tips for eating well Australian dietary guidelines
All you need to know about the Mediterranean diet and dementia risk reduction