Tips to boost brain health and lower dementia risk

The Associated Press
In this Friday, July 12, 2013 photo, June Springer walks between offices where she works at Caffi Contracting Services, in Alexandria, Va. Springer who just turned 90, works as a receptionist. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a study of half a million people in France found. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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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