KEEPING MIND SHARP BEST WAY OF REDUCING ALZHEIMER'S RISK: REPORT

Jul 13, 2017

By Jane Brown

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While there’s nothing you can do or take to ensure you won’t get Alzheimer’s disease, experts say there are some inexpensive strategies that might help keep your brain sharp.

Research on the issue is not conclusive, but there are hints that getting more exercise and stimulating your mind with games, computer use and other activities can help keep the brain nimble.

It’s also possible reducing high blood pressure will lower chances of dementia by improving blood flow to the brain and preventing a stroke or heart attack.

Those are the key findings of a June report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Doctor Kenneth Langa, a dementia expert at the University of Michigan who worked on the report, said seniors need to stay fit and challenge their minds with new ideas and complex activities such as learning to play a musical instrument and going out with friends.

(The Associated Press)

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