Age happy.

Age healthy.

Age well.

What is the brain health check?

A cognitive brain health check (which doctors call a “mini-cog”) helps doctors evaluate your memory and thinking. You may be asked to remember words or draw a simple picture of a household item.

It only takes 3 minutes, it’s free with your Annual Wellness Visit, and it’s completely noninvasive.

If you have Medicare–

As part of Medicare you are given a free Annual Wellness Visit. Part of that yearly visit should be the 3-minute brain health check.

If you have private insurance–

Get your annual physical exam and request the 3-minute brain health check if you are having concerns with your memory or thinking.

Live your best life

possible. Age Well.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Challenges in planning or solving problems
Difficulty completing familiar tasks
Confusion with time or place
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
New problems with words in speaking or writing
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Decreased or poor judgment
Withdrawal from work or social activities
Changes in mood and personality
10 Ways to Love Your Brain
START NOW. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits.

Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefits for the brain and body.

Break a Sweat

Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefits for the brain and body.

Hit the Books

Formal education will help reduce risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Take a class at a local college, community center or online.

Follow Your Heart

Risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke—obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes—negatively impacts your
cognitive health.

Butt Out

Smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.

Heads Up!

Brain injury can raise risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt and use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike.

Fuel Up Right

Eat a balanced diet that is higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Stump Yourself

Challenge your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Play games of strategy, like bridge.

Catch Some ZZZ’s

Not getting enough sleep may result in problems with memory and thinking.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Some studies link depression with cognitive decline, so seek treatment if you have depression, anxiety or stress.

Buddy Up

Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Find ways to be part of your local community or share activities with friends and family.

Around -the-clock information and support

Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900
The free Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline allows people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, caregivers, families and the public to:
  • Speak confidentially with master’s-level care consultants for decision-making support, crisis assistance and education on issues families face every day.
  • Learn about the signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  • Get general information about medications and other treatment options, and legal, financial and care decisions.
  • Find out about local programs and services.
  • Receive help in their preferred language through our bilingual staff or translation service, which accommodates more than 200 languages.
  • Access support through our TTY service (TTY: 886.403.3073) if assistance is required via a teletype device.
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90AC28-11-01-00 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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