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Tips to boost brain health and lower dementia risk

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The Associated Press | July 15, 2013 12:24 PM EST | AP


You may be able to help keep your brain in shape, not just the rest of your body. A large study in France suggests that delaying retirement and working until later in life may help prevent dementia.

Some other things the Alzheimer's Association suggests for healthy aging:

_Stay active. Many studies show exercise reduces dementia risk.

_Stay connected – join a club, travel, volunteer. Social ties boost brain health.

_Eat right. High cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain cell damage, while dark vegetables and fruits may help protect brain cells.

_Do mentally challenging activities such as word puzzles and other things that stimulate thinking skills.

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Online:

Alzheimer's Association: http://tinyurl.com/qawh87