In the United States alone, an estimated 5.3 million people have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association, a non-profit health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.

We all want to do everything we can do avoid negative brain changes as we age but how can we get that to happen? According to one organization, there are five simple things we can do maintain a healthy brain.

Age UK, a charity dedicated to supporting the elderly, says a combination of regular physical exercise, a Mediterranean diet, not smoking, drinking in moderation and preventing diabetes are the best actions someone can take to lessen their risk for dementia.

“While there’s still no cure or way to reverse dementia, this evidence shows that there are simple and effective ways to reduce our risk of developing it to begin with, said Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK in an article published by The Guardian.

Common symptoms of dementia can include memory loss and confusion. Age UK says regular exercise and a healthy diet can reduce the risk of developing dementia by as much as 36 percent, according to an evidence review by the charity.

“What’s more, the changes we need to make to keep our brains healthy are already proven to be good for the heart and overall health, so it’s common sense for us all to try and build them into our lives,” said Abrahams. “The sooner we start, the better our chance of having a healthy later life.”

What exercises do you perform to try and keep your brain healthy?

 

Source:

  1. The Guardian: Five lifestyle factors are key to cutting risk of dementia, says charity
  2. Alzheimer's Association