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4 Ways to Prevent Memory Loss

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The brain is a part of the body we often neglect to exercise, which could be contributing to the number of people suffering from elderly dementia. According to a study by the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, those who did not regularly participate in mentally challenging tasks saw a 48% faster cognitive decline than those who did. As of now, elderly dementia affects approximately 50 million people around the world. However, with a better understanding of how to prevent this disease, there is hope to decrease the number of those affected each year. Consider these four things you can do now to prevent memory loss later:

1. Read Regularly

Reading forces our brains to mentally engage with the story, helping us process visual and verbal information more effectively. It encourages us to make predictions and recall details of the story, improving our critical thinking skills and memory. Reading can also reduce stress, allowing our minds to take a break from reality. Next time you consider another evening of television watching, try picking up a book instead! Your brain will thank you.

2. Play Games 

Board games and crossword puzzles are great ways to stimulate the brain! The parts of the brain responsible for thought and memory formation (hippocampus and prefrontal cortex) are used during play. Participating in games also encourages socialization, lowers stress levels, and helps improve problem-solving skills.

3. Exercise Regularly

Exercise has many health benefits, but it also plays a large role in boosting brain function. Studies have shown that people who regularly participate in physical activity are less likely to experience mental decline. It's recommended to get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week, including both cardio and strength training. Adding an exercise routine can help improve your memory, reasoning, cognitive function, learning skills, and delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

4. Control Blood Pressure

Studies have also shown a connection between high blood pressure and cerebrovascular disease, a disease which affects the blood vessels of the brain and cerebral circulation. Working to lower blood pressure levels could not only lower your risk of developing other health issues such as diabetes and stroke but could potentially decrease your chances of developing dementia as well. 

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