Lifestyle choices can improve brain health

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SALT LAKE CITY -- By the time they turn 50, many people will start experiencing age-associated memory impairment. But there is hope. Studies show simple lifestyle choices can greatly improve brain health.

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Dr. Kevin Duff from the Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research at the University of Utah shared some tips on how to keep our brains fit as we get older.

He said three types of activities help:

  • Physical activities like walking, swimming, biking, even gardening that move blood to the brain
  • Cognitive activities help challenge the mind to build new connections in the brain. These can include taking a class, reading, doing arts and crafts, puzzles, crossword and Sudoku puzzles, card games, etc.
  • Social activities: community or church events and interacting with friends fires up brain cells

Cathy House from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute also told about classes the institute offers adults over 50. Play the video to see the interviews.

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