What Can Seniors do to Protect Their Mental Powers?

In a recent post  How to Reduce Your Risks of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, we enumerated The six pillars of a brain-healthy lifestyle. They include:

1. Regular exercise
2. Healthy diet
3. Mental stimulation
4. Quality sleep
5. Stress management
6. An active social life

The more you strengthen each of the six pillars in your daily life, the healthier and hardier your brain will be.

Last week at a Healthy Transitions ®
program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, some similar aspects were enumerated. They included:

1. An active lifestyle
2. Healthy diet, limit cholesterol, high fat foods. Check out the Mediterranean Diet.
3. Medications, including
– cholesterol lowering drugs
– blood pressure lowering drugs
– aspirin/blood thinners
– diabetes treatment
Last, but not least was:
4. Avoid smoking! Dementia is twice as common in smokers.

Because I have dealt with both Alzheimer’s and dementia in my family, we have covered these previously. You can check out the following blog items:

Exercise, Aging and the Brain,

Is Physical Exercise better than Brain Exercise for Seniors,

Maintaining Brain Function in Later Life.

My Page Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise) has more.


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