To commemorate International Day for the Elderly here are some tips for keeping sharp as we age.
· Take care of your body and it will take care of you. According to a 2014 study published in PLoS One, eating a nutritious diet (vegetables and fatty fish), maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking were all behaviors associated with better cognitive function.
· Drink in moderation. Excessive drinking and smoking put you at an increased risk for dementia.
· Get moving. According to a study published in Annals of Medicine in 2015, regular exercise maintains blood flow to the brain which reduces your risk for high blood pressure and dementia.
· Exercise your brain. Playing challenging games, social interaction and learning new skills are all ways to keep your mind active. You’re less likely to develop dementia when you’re more socially and intellectually involved.