10 Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Cognitive Decline

Break a sweat

Regularly engage in cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body.

Hit the books

Formal education will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Take a class at a local college, community center or online.

Butt out

Smoking increases the risk of cognitive decline. Quitting can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have never smoked.

Follow your heart

Obesity, high-blood pressure and diabetes negatively impact your brain as well as your heart.

Heads up

Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seatbelt, use a helmet.

Fuel up right

Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit.

Catch some Zzz’s

Not getting enough sleep may result in memory and thinking difficulties.

Think about your health

Manage stress and seek treatment for depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns.

Buddy up

Stay socially engaged and pursue activities that are meaningful to you.

Stump yourself

Challenge your mind. Play games that make you think strategically.

Information courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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