As we grow older, we start to notice the changes in our lives. The most common of these is becoming more forgetful than before. The things that used to be simple, such as remembering where we put the keys, become more challenging. These changes can be a normal part of aging, or they could be a sign of a more serious issue such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Research has found ways for us to keep our minds sharp and we have to be familiar with them. Read on to learn more about how to keep your mind sharp as you age!
Watch Your Cholesterol And Blood Pressure
High blood pressure and high cholesterol levels can increase the risk of having heart disease and strokes. Both of these have been shown to contribute to cognitive decline and some types of dementia. Many of the things you can do to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels include eating a balanced diet, not smoking, being physically active and keeping a healthy weight. All this will help to improve your cognitive function.
Stimulating The Brain
Engaging in mentally stimulating activities will allow older adults to build up their cognitive reserve. Building up this reserve is crucial for delaying or reducing the cognitive changes that come with age. Stimulating the brain will help to prevent conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Avoid Smoking Or Drinking
Both smoking and drinking have been shown to increase your risk of getting dementia as you age. If you do smoke and drink, it is advisable to quit. If you are unable to, then reduce the amount of alcohol you drink and the number of cigarettes you smoke a day.
Eat A Healthy Diet
A study has found that vitamin E, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids can help to prevent dementia. You want to eat foods that contain more of the important vitamins and minerals. The effects were even more obvious if the participants did not consume saturated fats. Green leafy vegetables, berries and seafood have been shown to have neuroprotective properties. Diets that emphasize eating healthy fats such as fruits and vegetables, olive oil, low-fat or fat-free dairy, lean meat and whole grains are proven to be good for the brain.
In 2018, a study of older adults found that those who had higher social engagement faced a lower risk of dementia than those who had lower social engagement. Do try to spend more time with your family and friends when you can.
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