I don’t know about you, but I’d like to keep my mind sharp and live independently as long as humanly possible.
But what can you do to maximize your chances of living out that wish?
Quite a bit, as it turns out. And not only are the actions that help tip the scales in your favour doable (a few are even enjoyable!), they also protect your overall health. One even physically ‘bulks up’ an important part of the brain over time, while immediately improving your ability to perform certain tasks.
A big thank-you to the interviewees who so generously shared their time and expertise:
- Dr. Claude Alain, a senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute, and a professor in the department of psychology and the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto.
- Dr. Matthew Heath, a professor and faculty scholar in the school of kinesiology at Western University in London, Ont.
- Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia’s David Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, and a researcher at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute’s Centre for Hip Health and Mobility.
- Dr. Jed Meltzer, a scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute; Canada Research Chair in Interventional Cognitive Neuroscience and assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of Toronto.
For even more information, check out these videos from Baycrest: 15 Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia.