Age-Proofing Your Brain (from AARP)

Alzheimer’s isn’t inevitable. Many experts now believe you can prevent, or at least delay, dementia – even if you have a genetic predisposition. Reducing Alzheimer’s risk factors like obesity, diabetes, smoking and low physical activity by just 25 percent could prevent up to half-a-million cases of the disease in the United States, according to a recent analysis from the University of California in San Francisco.

Here are 10 new ways you can boost your brain health now.

  1. Exercise.
  2. Pump some Iron.
  3. Seek our new skills – continue to learn.
  4. Meditation.
  5. Eat a heart-friendly Mediterranean diet – fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts and beans.
  6. Spice it up. – Herbs and spices such as black pepper, cinnamon, oregano, basil, parsley, ginger and vanilla are high in antioxidants, which may build brain power.
  7. Find your purpose. – Discovering your mission in life can help you stay sharp.
  8. Get a social life.
  9. Reduce your risks. – Chronic health conditions like diabetes, obesity and hypertension are often associated with dementia. Controlling these risk factors can slow the tide.
  10. Check vitamin deficiencies. – Older adults don’t always get all the nutrients they need from foods because of declines in digestive acids or because their medications interfere with absorption. Older adults at risk of vitamin B12 deficiencies had smaller brains and scored lowest on tests measuring thinking, reasoning, and memory, researchers found.
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