Losing Your Marbles

I don’t know about you, but many folks, including me, are terrified of contracting Alzheimer’s disease.   Happily, new research suggests that a healthy lifestyle that includes good diet and exercise can push back the onset of Alzheimer’s and other age-related diseases by up to six years.  This is great news!

Researchers in the U.S. and Switzerland analyzed data from almost 2,500 seniors.  They defined a healthy lifestyle as eating a Mediterranean-style diet, doing at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week, not smoking, not drinking much alcohol, and doing crosswords or other brain- stimulating activities.

Overall, they found that the approximate age for the onset of dementia as 86 for men and women living healthy lifestyles, compared with 81 for unhealthy women and 80 for unhealthy men.

It’s good to know that reliable research tells us that there actually is something we can do to keep our minds sharp.  Let’s get moving!

From The Week Magazine

May 6, 2022

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