Source from AARP The Magazine
- Learn something. Stimulating the brain helps it develop a resilience that allows us to fight off diseases, says Paul D. Nussbaum, Ph. D., an adjunct professor of neurological surgery who has worked with AARP on its brain health program.
- Sleep. Getting fewer than six hours of sleep a night can raise the risk of stroke.
- Eat right. More than half of your plate should be filled with green, leafy vegetables. Get plenty of fish, nuts, and olive oil; avoid refined carbs. A 2009 Columbia University study found that this kind of diet may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease.
- Challenge yourself. “The number one memory complaint people have is that they’re bad with names,” says neurologist Majid Fotuhi, M.D., Ph. D. His prescription: Memorize three names a day.
- Walk with a friend. Psychiatrist Gary Small, M.D., calls this a triple threat against Alzheimer’s: It gives you a cardiovascular workout, stress-relieving social interaction and mentally stimulating conversation.
- Meditate. A quick calm-me-down: Inhale for a count of seven, hold for a count of seven, exhale for a count of seven. Repeat seven times.