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Tips for Maintaining Brain Power

Aerobic Activity

Aerobic Activity such as Walking, Running, Swimming, Bicycle Riding

In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, men in the 71-93 year-old age group who walked less than a quarter-mile per day were almost two times as likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease or other form of dementia than men who walked more than two miles daily.
In another study, also published in JAMA, female nurses, aged 70-81 years who walked 1.5 hours per week, at a leisurely pace, performed better than their less active peers on tests of mental function.
Sustained aerobic activity will increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. Individuals will perform better on tasks that require executive function such as planning and task organization. In a study published in October 2005 by the Karolinska Institute, it was revealed that seniors, aged 65 – 79 who engaged in robust physical activity, at least twice a week since youth or middle age had a 50% lower risk of developing dementia and a 60% lower risk of manifesting Alzheimer’s than their sedentary peers. Click here to check out 7 great low-impact exercises for an aging body.

Strength Training

Strength Training

Individuals who combine weight lifting with aerobic activity will experience the highest yields on tests of cognitive function.

Leisure Time Activity

Any Leisure-Time Activity

Individuals who regularly engage in any leisure time physical activity, such as gardening or sports, demonstrated improved cognitive function and less cognitive decline.

Mental Stimuation

Mental Stimulation

The brain responds well to unique stimuli. Mental aerobics can delay the onset of symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Keeping the brain active by introducing novel stimuli increases blood flow and activates neurons, maybe even protecting them from damage by increasing the production of brain chemicals called neurotrophins.

Other examples of mental stimulation:

  • Learn something new.
  • Try changing long-established routines.
  • Read books.
  • Read the paper.
  • Do puzzles, card games, etc.
  • Check out the website FuelForThough.co for some great mind exercises for seniors.

    Practice Good Nutrition

    Practice Good Nutrition

    Food fuels the brain as well as the body.

    Socialize and Stay Involved

    Socialize and Stay Involved

    An isolated, sedentary lifestyle can contribute to mental decline. Engaging in regular conversation and interaction with others is stimulating to the brain. Community activism is a great way to promote mental aerobics.

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