The number of people who'll develop developing dementia in the next 20 years is expected to substantially increase. It’s no surprise then that millions of research dollars are being earmarked for unlocking the combination for sustained brain health—either to prevent dementia or, at least, slow it down. Much of this research targets pharmaceutical interventions, but there is increasing data substantiating the importance of lifestyle factors in sustaining brain health as well.
Let’s examine five that appear to influence brain health:
The brain is a muscle, and like any other muscle, it needs to be kept in shape through nutrition, mind-body techniques, and interactive problem solving. Remember: A stimulated brain is a happy brain.
Copyright 2014 Marc Schoen Ph.D.
This article originally appeared on reimagine.me
Marc Schoen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, where he teaches courses to medical students on mind-body medicine, hypnosis and performance and decision-making under pressure. He is the author of Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You and Relaxation Is Hazardous to Your Health. Plume and Hudson Street Press, 2014