Memory Loss Doesn't Mean the Worst - How to Stay Sharp

Memory Loss Doesn't Mean the Worst - How to Stay Sharp

Did you know ... While you cannot prevent the aging process, you certainly can put it on the slow track. Have you ever heard the saying, "If you think you are going crazy, you're not"? Apparently, the same holds true for Alzheimer disease.

Memory Loss Doesn't Mean the Worst - How to Stay Sharp

In the article, Tricks To Delay Alzheimer's, by Catherine Censor, Lisa D. Ravdin, Ph.D., Director, Cornell Neuropsychology Service, Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York explains, "The signs of early Alzheimer's are typically noticed by other people. Early Alzheimer's is marked by repetitive speech, forgetting important events, an inability to manage medications, and difficulty finding one's way around familiar places (like getting lost on the way home from the supermarket). If you think you have it, you probably don't." Good news! So how do we get proactive in preventing the aging process?

You may not be surprised to learn that diet, exercise and mental stimulation are the keys to a healthy brain. If it is good for your body, it is good for your brain. So what is the secret to sipping at the fountain of youth?

For starters, find mentally stimulating activities that you enjoy. Enjoy is the key word here. According to Ravdin, if you do not enjoy the activities then your actions will be in vain. Television shows that challenge you mentally; crossword puzzles; games of strategy like chess or golf; learning a new language; learning an instrument--these are all great examples of mentally stimulating activities that will keep new neurons firing in your brain.

Second, exercise your body to exercise your brain. "If it's good for the heart, it's good for the brain," says Ravdin. "What we thought of as risk factors for cardiovascular disease turn out to be risk factors for cognitive decline as well."

And lastly, eat a diet rich in antioxidants. Colorful fruits and vegetables are packed full of these healthy molecules that combat damaging free radicals in the body. Antioxidants are important ingredients in the anti-aging formula.

So if you want to sip at the fountain of youth ... Eat well. Exercise often. Flex your brain muscles!

Awaken your senses ... Live a fit life!

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