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Thursday, June 4, 2015

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

The evidence is mounting...people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes. That is the conclusion of a new research summary published online in

Alzheimer's and Dementia : The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. 

1.  Break a sweat! Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. 

 2. Hit the books! Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline or dementia. 

 3. Butt out! Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. 

 4. Follow your Heart! Risk factors for Cardiovascular disease, obesity, high blood pressure and Diabetes negatively impact your cognitive health.

 5. Heads up! Brain injury can raise your  risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike!

6. Fuel up right! Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

 7.Catch some Zzz's! Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.

 8. Take care of your mental health! Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline.

 9. Buddy up! Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you.

 10. Stump yourself! Challenge and activate your mind. 

"While the adoption of all of these habits is important in influencing brain health, if it seems overwhelming, start with one or two changes and build on them," said Geiger. "While some changes rnay be challenging, others can be fun. Try to choose activities and foods you enjoy."
  




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