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Eye of the Optimist-a healthy lifestyle

Though she lived and was physically quite healthy until the age of 91, my grandmother started suffering severe short term memory loss before she was 70 years old. Memory loss is a danger to one in three people in North America, and something like one in five in East Asia. The symptoms start showing up around the age of 65, but scientists have learned that it develops over many years of unhealthy living. It can be prevented. Act now!

Find tips at helpguide.com, a nonprofit online resource.

Researchers across the world are racing towards a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. As prevalence rates climb, their focus has broadened from treatment to prevention strategies. What they’ve discovered is that it may be possible to prevent or delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia through a combination of healthful habits. While Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 50 percent of dementia cases, vascular dementia accounts for up to 40 percent in older adults, and there is much you can do to prevent this type of dementia.

It’s never too early to start boosting your brain reserves, but whatever your age, there are steps you can take to keep your brain healthy.

The 6 pillars of a brain-healthy lifestyle

The health of your brain, like the health of your body, depends on many factors.
While some factors, such as your genes, are out of your control, many powerful lifestyle factors are within your sphere of influence.
  1. Regular exercise (30 min. aerobics a day, and balance exercises)
  2. Healthy diet (low sugar, low fat, with anti-oxidants rich food)
  3. Mental stimulation (memorization drills, puzzles and games)
  4. Quality sleep
  5. Stress management
  6. An active social life (clubs, outings, friends, volunteering...)


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