Use it and lose it for brain health

Keeping your brain active and, if overweight, losing weight, will help your brain function better. In a report on various findings, Lindsay Cook shows what some of the research is saying.

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Study finds physically fit women less likely to get dementia

Can exercise ward off dementia? A 44-year Swedish study seems to indicate that it can. ‘Researchers found that middle-age women in Sweden with a high degree of cardiovascular fitness were nearly 90% less likely to develop dementia later in life than those who had a moderate fitness level.’

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5 ways to improve your life and health span

‘Superagers’ is the term coined for those more than 80 years of age who have the cognitive capacities of adults much younger. When some of their brains were checked—after they had died—scientists think these cognitive abilities may come from the presence of certain brain cells: Von Economo.

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Yes, you can work at keeping your brain alive and active

Forgetting is a normal part of ageing. It isn’t a sign you’re developing Alzheimer’s. I remember the relief I felt when psychologist Deanna Pitchford told me that as I interviewed her for my book Retirement Ready? Harvard Health reports that there are some things you can do to keep your brain functioning better.

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Join the food fight to keep your brain healthy

What you eat can have a huge impact on your brain. That stands to reason when you consider that our bodies are a whole entity. Each part of our body is connected. But the food-brain link is not often discussed.

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How laughter can help your memory and your life

There’s natural memory loss as we age—or perhaps we should call it memory recall loss because we often know we know, but can’t remember what we know we know. Laughing can help.

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The importance of having purpose in retirement

‘I’ve got to have something to do,’ said Leo Kellner to a reporter. The comment caught my attention mainly because Kellner is 98 years of age and is still working as a baker. He doesn’t get paid. He gives away what he bakes—to friends, to hospice volunteers and others in need of food and kindness.

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Podcast: Working at keeping your marbles

Age brings some natural consequences to our thinking and memory abilities, but there are some things we can do to help keep our minds active.

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Exercise improves memory and thinking skills

Dementia is one of the great fears of ageing. And there’s no way of knowing if you will suffer it before it gets you. Heidi Godman, the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter, says that exercise may be a key help for us.

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Your brain needs you to have friends for retirement

People need people. That’s true in all types of situations. And the evidence is that when it comes to brain health, we do need people—social connections.

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