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10 Tips to Love Your Brain

Dr. Diane Stoler - October 09, 2019 04:55 PM

Alzheimer’s Statistics: (from Alzheimer’s Disease Facts andFigures report) An estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2019, including 200,000 under the age of 65.  By 2025 — just six years from now — the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is estimated to reach 7.1 million — an increase of 27 percent from the 5.6 million age 65 and older affected in 2019. Barring the developmentof medical breakthroughs, the number of people age 65 and older withAlzheimer’s dementia may nearlytriple from 5.6 million to 13.8 million by 2050.  Two-thirds of Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer’s dementia (3.5 million) are women. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and it is the fifth-leading cause of death for those age 65 and older. As the population of theU.S. ages, Alzheimer’s is becoming a more common cause of death. According to Alzheimer’s Association growing evidence supports that people can decrease their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes. Incorporate these 10 healthy habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. 
10 Tips to Love Your Brain 
Break a sweat: Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline. 

Hit the books: Formal education in any stage of life willhelp reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia.  For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online. Butt out: Evidence shows that smoking increases riskof cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked. 

Follow your heart: Evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – negatively impact your cognitive health. Take care of your heart, andyour brain just might follow. 

Heads up: Brain injury can raise risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, us a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike and take steps to prevent falls. 

Fuel up right: Eat a healthy and balanced diet that islower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Although research on diet and cognitive function is limited, certain diets, including Mediterranean and Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to risk reduction. 

Catch some ZZZ’s: Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking. 

Take care of your mentalhealth: Some studies linka history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress. 

Stump yourself: Challenge and activate your mind. Build apiece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Playgames, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short- and long-term benefits for your brain.

Buddy up: Staying socially engaged may support brainhealth. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to bepart of your local community – if you love animals, consider volunteering at alocal shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at anafterschool program. Or, just share activities with friends and family. 

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