While nothing has been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, there is abundant research showing we can delay the onset of mental decline by building a brain-healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips to training your brain today.
1. Sleep. Sleep defragments your brain and organizes information you’ve learned during the day.
2. Focus. Quit the multi-tasking. It not only lowers your productivity but it may increase your risk for dementia when you are older.
3. Exercise in small bursts. Take the stairs. Walk the block. Try a tango class. Exercise is still the number one thing you can do for your brain.
4. Play games. Games are good for your brain and variety is key. When you tackle new problems, you form new neural pathways.
5. Meditate. No tie-dye T-shirt required. Clear your mind and focus on positive things.
6. Make time for fun. Laughter enhances creativity and lowers stress. Your brain thrives on fun.
7. Drink more fluids. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already slightly dehydrated.
8. Target your working memory. Make a point to push yourself to store details quickly. Work on names and faces to start.
9. Be aware that your brain makes mistakes. When solving a problem, ask yourself what the big picture really looks like. Are you afraid of change? Experiment more.