three ways to be a
We all know exercise can build
muscles, flexibility and endurance,
but did you know it also gives you
brain power?
A 2012 book by experts at Toronto-
based Baycrest Health Sciences, a
leader in research about aging and
brain health, reports that exercise
helps to boost a brain chemical
related to improving memory.
The research also highlights that the
brain’s frontal and temporal lobes
responsible for regulating things
like planning, problem solving and
verbal reasoning – grow through
The Alzheimer Society of Canada
encourages moderate physical
activity to increase circulation of
blood to the brain to nourish cells
with nutrients and oxygen, and
potentially spur new cells.
Reading, puzzles, brain games, and
engaging in conversation are very
important to support keeping the
brain in shape. But, don’t forget that
exercise gives your brain a workout
Volunteers are essential for many organizations
to accomplish their mission. One of those
organizations, the Alzheimer Society of Canada,
describes how volunteers make a difference.
Many people find that once they volunteer, they
benefit just as much as those they’re helping. Not
sure where to start? Try contacting organizations in
your community whose work interests you.
Mary Schulz is
Director of Information,
Support Services and Education
at the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
giving your
brain a workout!
Improve lives
Volunteers support
people who are
facing challenges
in their lives.
Open eyes
By sharing your ideas
and insights, you’ll help
the organization think
about what they do
with fresh eyes.
Be a champion
When you become
more knowledgeable
about the issues facing
your community, you
can be an advocate
for change.