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Keep your Memory Alive

Improve Brain Health through Bright Minds

What is Bright Minds?

Bright Minds is a collection of Brightview community offerings that are designed to improve the overall brain health and cognitive function of our residents. With Bright Minds, we focus on creating and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits – from increased exercise, social interaction, and healthy eating to managing chronic health conditions to keep you active, and your brain healthy.

What are some fun facts about the brain?

Each human brain has more connections between brain cells (neurons) than there are stars in the Milky Way. As you use your brain, your neurons fire, communicate with each other, and form stronger lasting connections. Activate your neurons, take care of your brain, and you can sharpen your mind!

How can people improve their brain health?

Healthy lifestyle habits that can strengthen overall brain health and function, make us feel better, think clearer, and stay that way are a combination of four categories:

  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Social & Mental Engagement
  • Medical Health

Social & Mental Engagement

Bright Minds Brain Health Social Engagement

Does social interaction really matter?

Yes! Connections with others build connections in the brain. Regular socialization provides opportunities to converse, debate, learn, laugh, and destress. Purposeful, feel-good engagement is also a powerful tonic. It’s a little-known fact that one of the strongest therapies for the brain is volunteering!

Why is mental exercise important for brain health?

Mental fitness can increase brain cell growth and connections between cells. Pursue challenging and rewarding activities – art projects, continued education, and chess, for example. Push yourself to try a harder level or compete against a formidable challenger, learn novel skills like a new language, or pick up a new musical instrument.

Exercise

Bright Minds Brain Health Exercise

What's the connection between exercise and brain health?

Scientific literature says what’s good for your heart is good for your brain. Exercise increases blood flow and oxygenation, which carries fuel to the brain to improve mood, mental sharpness, and sleep quality, as well as help us lose weight and manage chronic health conditions like hypertension.

Nutrition

Bright Minds Brain Health Nutrition

Which foods promote brain health? 

Fresh, nutrient-rich diets that contain antioxidants, spices, leafy greens, omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains, and lean proteins provide excellent fuel for your brain. Three diets proven to boost brain health are Mediterranean, DASH, and MIND. And good news for many is that research now supports moderate intake of dark chocolate, alcohol, and caffeine.

Medical Health

Bright Minds Brain Health

Are certain medical conditions linked to decreased brain health? 

Without proper management, hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol significantly decrease cognitive function and brain health. Managing and controlling these chronic health conditions by staying on track with prescribed medications and adhering to medical recommendations can provide a greater quality of life and increased brain health.

What risk factors can I control?

Quit smoking, treat depression, reduce stress and anxiety, treat hearing loss, and improve your sleep habits. By seeking treatment, making lifestyle changes, and taking preventative measures now, you can experience extraordinary effects on brain health later! For example, untreated age-related hearing loss negatively affects brain health but people who use hearing aids can reduce their risk of dementia by 55%!

Does it Matter what age I start adopting these four healthy practices?

To maximize the benefits, it is best to start early! People who adhere to a healthy diet, exercise regularly, learn continuously, and remain socially active throughout their lives will be in the lowest risk category. However, it is never too late to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and improve your brain function and brain health.

How can we help you?

Fill out the form below to learn more or to schedule a personal visit. For job inquires please visit our Careers page.

SPICE in Motion Program

Our innovative SPICE Initiative is the foundation for ongoing wellness efforts and the model on which resident programming is based. Including five holistic elements of wellness – Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Cultural, and Emotional – the SPICE approach uses a blend of programs to create meaningful, healthy, stimulating, and positive lifestyles – for residents and associates. Residents enjoy a daily calendar full of enriching and inspiring SPICE programs, important for the well- being of people of all ages. Learn more about our innovative SPICE in Motion program powered by Bayada.

I used to need a cane and couldn't do an entire class. Now, I don't need a cane to walk, and I can do an entire class every time. SPICE in Motion has improved my entire life.

June G., Brightview Resident

Choose the Lifestyle to meet your needs

Whether you are looking for independent living or assisted living support, or help with managing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia care, the experienced team at Brightview Senior Living offers exceptional, supportive care. No matter which option you choose, you’ll enjoy all the amenities offered in our beautiful community and the full calendar of events that comes with our Vibrant Living program!

Types of Living

Eversound - Amplify Possibility

At Brightview Senior Living, residents can utilize Eversound to remove communication barriers, boost engagement, strengthen connection, promote socialization, and benefit from powerful therapeutic benefits.

Senior Independent Living residents enjoying the benefits of dancing

Great moves never go out of style! The Silver Starlite Orchestra had Brightview residents dancing all night long. Our senior independent living retirement communities offer residents newfound freedom of maintenance-free living combined with the added convenience of everyday amenities. With a vibrant living director in each of our communities, there is never a lack of fun activities for residents to enjoy.

Video Testimonial: Hear from Resident Family Members

At Brightview Senior Living, our associates work hard to make our communities a great place to live. Our community Vibrant Living Directors always have something planned for residents to enjoy!