Tips to boost brain health and lower dementia risk

Thursday - 7/18/2013, 12:58pm EDT

The Associated Press

You may be able to help keep your brain in shape, not just the rest of your body. A large study in France suggests that delaying retirement and working until later in life may help prevent dementia.

Some other things the Alzheimer's Association suggests for healthy aging:

--Stay active. Many studies show exercise reduces dementia risk.

--Stay connected -- join a club, travel, volunteer. Social ties boost brain health.

--Eat right. High cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain cell damage, while dark vegetables and fruits may help protect brain cells.

--Do mentally challenging activities such as word puzzles and other things that stimulate thinking skills.

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Online:

Alzheimer's Association: http://tinyurl.com/qawh87


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