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Stay Sharp

For any of you with family members or friends that suffer from Alzheimer’s or Dementia, you know the devastating symptoms and impact on the rest of the family. The National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Aging identify certain risk factors such as age and genetics, that are out of a person’s control. However, there are several areas that we can modify that may help prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The first is diet: lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, omega 3 fatty acids (nuts, olives) and less red meat and dairy. If you follow the Mediterranean diet, you are right on target. Secondly, exercise is essential, so keep moving. Whether you walk, golf, practice Tai Chi, swim – make exercise part of your lifestyle. Next, stimulate your mind: do crossword puzzles, play challenging video games, learn something new. Do not allow your mind to stagnate – if you don’t use it, you will lose it. And lastly, remain socially active, don’t isolate. Surround yourself with family and friends, engage and interact.