From the National Institute on Aging
There is no definitive evidence yet about what can prevent Alzheimer’s or age-related cognitive decline. What we do know is that a healthy lifestyle—one that includes a healthy diet, physical activity, appropriate weight, and no smoking—can maintain and improve overall health and well-being. Making healthy choices can also lower the risk of certain chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes, and scientists are very interested in the possibility that a healthy lifestyle might have a beneficial effect on Alzheimer’s as well. In the meantime, as research continues to pinpoint what works to prevent Alzheimer’s, people of all ages can benefit from taking positive steps to get and stay healthy.
From the Alzheimer’s Association
Habits, spanning four categories — physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity, and social engagement — can help keep your body and brain healthy and potentially reduce your risk of cognitive decline.
Research has suggested that combining good nutrition with mental, social and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity.
From the Mayo Clinic
Population-based studies suggest that factors associated with overall good health, such as regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet and keeping your brain active through lifelong learning, may also reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline.
From the Cooper Institute
“We’ve known that exercise is beneficial to brain health in the short-term,” says Laura DeFina, MD, of The Cooper Institute, and first author on the study. “What’s unique about this study is that it demonstrates the long-term, positive effect of fitness on the brain.”