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Gayatri Devi, M.D.

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12 Strategies to Boost Brain Health (PHOTOS)

Posted: 07/13/10 09:00 AM ET

One of three Americans over age 80 develops Alzheimer's disease. Patients and families often ask me what can be done to keep the brain healthy. I have come up with a list of what I consider important in maintaining brain health. While this list is more pertinent to an older group, some parts of it are relevant for younger folk as well. A guiding principle is to remember that what is good for the heart is just as good for the brain.

Diversify Your Cognitive Portfolio
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Fire up different brain areas for a healthier brain. For example, try Math Mondays, Tennis Tuesdays, Waltzing Wednesdays, Tchaikovsky Thursdays, Friends on Fridays, Sailing Saturdays and Sudoku Sundays. Use a part of the brain you don't use routinely. If you are a juggler, take up crossword puzzles. If you are a writer, you might benefit more from cross country skiing than from Sudoku.
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