A Travelling Body Can Lead to a Healthier Mind

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We all experience a little wanderlust now and then. If you are searching for a reason to start planning your next vacation, you can add keeping your brain healthy to the top of the list!

Research has proven that exploring a different city, trying new food and meeting new people, have all been proven to help keep our brain healthy and reduce the risk for developing dementia.

Exploring and learning new things not only exercises your body, it can also exercise your mind by nourishing your brain with oxygen and nutrients that help to form new synaptic connections. These connections aid in strengthening your memory.

Another benefit is the relaxation experienced on vacation. This reduces cortisol levels in the body that would otherwise lead to a host of health problems, including reduced memory and learning capacity.

The combination of physical and mental activity with social engagement — and a brain-healthy diet — is the most effective way to lower your risk of dementia.

A study of 800 men and women aged 75 and older, showed that those who were more physically active, more mentally active or more socially engaged had a lower risk for developing dementia. And those who combined these activities did even better.

aso_travellingbody_image_250x188The Alzheimer Society of Ontario has partnered with Fairmount Chicago and Aeroplan, to offer one lucky winner the opportunity to gain new experiences.
Enter here for a chance for you and a friend to win a trip to Chicago. You will enjoy a 4 night stay at the Fairmont Chicago and be given 50,000 Aeroplan Miles to get you there!

Explore the sights and sounds of the Windy City, try a slice of deep dish pizza, and snap a photo in front of the giant bean! Each new experience can help keep you socially active and maintain brain vitality.

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Wherever your travels may take you, it’s important to take time to explore new places, learn new things and meet new people. Keep healthy and have fun!

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Did you know?

Alzheimer Society of Ontario has countless resources to support families impacted by dementia. If you are planning to travel with a loved one who has dementia, be sure to check out these tips to help plan for a safe and fun trip.

Approximately 8,000 men & women in Ontario will develop dementia this year.

Experiencing new things is just the beginning of preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. You CAN do something about dementia.

Make a donation to Alzheimer Society Ontario today and help provide families and individuals living with dementia support, counselling and education, build awareness, and fund research for a cure. You have the power to make an incredible difference. Thank you for your support!

 

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