50 to 60 percent of the dementia research going on today is on prevention. Much of that research is moving towards inflammation process and the immune response. Those are things that we can improve in our everyday lives.
- Stay Busy. Move each day! Engage in a routine including social interest and some form of physical fitness. There are many tracking devices that can register your 5000-10,000 steps a day. Start slow and work up.
- Try something new, every day. The best way to challenge our brains is the try something new.
- Use your non-dominate hand. The more you use the “other” hand the more you are using the unused part of your brain. Start by brushing your teeth!
- Embrace community and friendships. The more you maintain your social skills, daily, the better your cognitive performance.
- Better cognitive performance improves cardiovascular health and immune function.
- Mind your physical health. Maintain a healthy weight, follow a good eating plan like the Mediterranean diet, emphasizing health fats, whole grains, fruits, veggies all known to decrease risk for health disease, depression and dementia.
So do something new every day that challenges your mind, be social, eat well and move, healthier you.