Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and almost two thirds of those with Alzheimer’s are women.
Stretching your brain keeps your mind sharp. People who are more active in mentally challenging activities are much less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease. Try these:
Staying Brain Fit
Researchers at Duke University created exercises they call “neurobics,” which challenge your brain to think in new ways. Visit neurobic.com for games to keep your brain fit.
Exercise, especially the kind that gets your heart rate up like walking or swimming, has mental pluses, too. Although experts aren’t sure why, physical activity might increase the blood supply to the brain and improve links between brain cells. Staying active can help memory, imagination, and even your ability to plan tasks.
A Healthy Diet Builds Brainpower
Do your brain a favor and choose foods that are good for your heart and waistline. Being obese in middle age makes you twice as likely to have dementia later on. High cholesterol and high blood pressure raise your chances, too. Try these easy tips:
You know that too many drinks can affect your judgment, speech, movement, and memory. But did you know alcohol can have long-term effects? Too much drinking over a long period of time can shrink the frontal lobes of your brain. And that damage can last forever, even if you quit drinking. A healthy amount is considered one drink a day for women and two for men.
Sleep, Rest and Relaxation
Too much stress can hurt your gray matter, which contains cells that store and process information. Here are some ways to chill:
Get enough sleep before and after you learn something new. You need sleep on both ends. When you start out tired, it’s hard to focus on things. And when you sleep afterward, your brain files away the new info so you can recall it later. A long night’s rest is best for memory and your mood. Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
Everybody spaces out now and then. As you get older, you may not remember things as easily as you used to. That’s a normal part of aging. Some helpful hints:
For more information about Alzheimer’s visit alz.org.
Web MD, 2016.