Dining out, attending sporting events, playing bingo, volunteering, visiting relatives and friends and/or attending religious services—had a 70 & lower rate of cognitive decline over 12 years than did seniors with a lower rate of social interactions.
Diets from around the world can reduce disease, improve longevity and protect the health of the brain. Here’s more: Brain-smart eating includes many of the foods and beverages you already have come to know and love: dark chocolate, coffee, wine and much more, but all in moderation.
The more you move, the fewer brain cells you lose. Exercise may even boost the production of new brain cells. Physically fit people also tend to make better decisions, have faster reaction times and mental-processing speeds, multitask more effectively and improve your ability to acquire new knowledge and understanding.
Long-term, unremitting stress is bad for your entire body, including your brain. Meditation, deep breathing, massage and other relaxing activities help to keep the brain resilient, so it more easily weathers daily stressors.
The more you challenge your brain — by learning new languages, playing musical instruments, contemplating brain teasers and more — the better your brain’s ability to fend off Alzheimer’s.
As we sleep, our brain resets, integrating everything that happened during the day. New experiences and insights are consolidated with older memories. When we sleep too few hours or not deeply enough, we not only feel foggy and less alert, but also prematurely age our brains and raise our risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.