As we get older, it’s important to engage in healthy cognitive aging and dementia prevention. Below you’ll find some of the highlights of an article regarding this subject:
Smith, Glenn (2016). Healthy Cognitive Aging and Dementia Prevention. Journal of the American Psychological Association, 71, 268-275.
-Physical exercise enhances the growth of new brain cells, and is critical for learning and memory.
-Social engagement, good sleep habits, proper nutrition, and meditation can promote healthy cognitive aging. Engaging in these activities are likely to provide cognitive resilience to mitigate the behavioral effect of brain changes in those with preclinical disease states.
-Diabetes is a risk factor for dementia.
-Elevated blood pressure in midlife is predicative of cognitive decline in late life.