Protect your head
Past head traumas, especially repeated concussions, appear to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Although we are all at risk for head injuries, young people tend to suffer more head traumas. Therefore it is important to protect your head, at any age, for lifelong brain health.
Tips to prevent head injuries
- Wear an approved helmet when engaging in sporting activities such as skating, skiing, skateboarding, rollerblading and cycling. Set a good example and ensure that children in your care wear appropriate helmets.
- Drive safely and always wear a seat belt to reduce injuries in an accident.
- Falls are one of the major causes of head injuries in older adults. Many falls can be prevented:
- remove tripping hazards in your home such as items on a staircase, small area rugs or shoes in a hallway
- move frequently used items so a chair or step ladder is not required to reach them
- review medications and dietary supplements (prescription and over-the-counter) with your doctor or pharmacist to avoid medications or combinations that may affect balance
- improve lighting indoors and outside to improve visibility, especially around stairways, hallways and entrances
- install and use safety features like handrails on all stairs (interior and exterior) and grab bars in bathrooms
- exercises to improve your strength, balance and flexibility
- For more great ways to take action on brain health, visit our BrainBooster® activity pages.
Canadian Standards Association (CSA), for information on helmet safety.
Note: Your abilities, health and interests should be taken into consideration when choosing brain healthy activities. If you have questions about your own situation, speak to your doctor or health care provider.
Last Updated: 11/10/14