The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has provided a list of common sense lifestyle choices as keys to healthy aging. They have established the list with the goal to slow or prevent the loss of brain cells, maintain the brain’s capacity to make up for any loss, and let remaining brain cells function well.
Here is the list of lifestyle choices:
- Visit your doctor regularly
- Participate in activities that stimulate your brain, such as reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, and other mental exercises
- Manage stress through techniques such as relaxation, meditation and yoga
- Treat depression. Depressed elders have a higher rate of dementia and higher death rates
- Be social. Friends will lessen isolation and depression while increasing brain stimulation
- Get regular exercise. Regular exercise drastically reduces the chance of cardiovascular issues that can cause and or increase dementia
- Keep other health issues controlled. High blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are all risk factors for dementia. In most cases these can be controlled through exercise, not smoking, lowering cholesterol and staying fit.
- Eat Healthy. A balanced diet inclusive of key vitamins including vitamins C and E along with folic acid.
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption. Alcohol has a direct toxic effect on the brain.
For more information on Alzheimer’s please visit The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at http://www.alzfdn.org/
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