Coronavirus, Health

Preserving Your Brain Health During a Global Pandemic

One way to preserve brain health, says Dr. Andrea Klemes, is diet, exercise, keeping yourself and brain active and make sure you are reading and working to not be socially isolated.
One way to preserve brain health, says Dr. Andrea Klemes, is diet, exercise, keeping yourself and brain active and make sure you are reading and working to not be socially isolated.

COVID-19 is taking a heavy toll on the brain health of many in Georgia and across America.

Nearly two out of three adults report feelings of depression/anxiety, and two out of five have experienced forgetfulness or memory loss (“brain fog”) during the pandemic, according to a recent poll conducted by the MDVIP Foundation.

Dr. Andrea Klemes, who headed up that study, stopped by WABE’s “Morning Edition” and spoke to host Lisa Rayam.

Dr. Andrea Klemes

Klemes shed light on what could be happening with our brain, particularly during COVID-19.

She said the cause of the brain fog is several things actually.

“We’ve never seen a pandemic like this. We’ve socially isolated people. We have people thinking about more than themselves. They are worrying about their families,” she said. “Surveys show the Sandwich Generation, that 35-49 [age range], does the work. They’re taking care of their parents. Taking care of their kids.”

She elaborated, “one in two of them felt like they were losing their minds, I think it’s just everything together, taking virtual school, parents at high risk. People who have loved ones in the hospital and they can’t see them.”

She added people are not truly talking to their doctor about how they are feeling.

One way to preserve brain health, says Klemes, is diet, exercise, keeping yourself and your brain active, making sure you are reading, and working to not be socially isolated. All of those factors she says can help contribute to a person’s brain health.

 

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