Working non-stop at your desk all day can be draining, but at least your brain is gaining a serious workout — regularly using a computer makes you 42% less likely to show symptoms of cognitive decline, according to new research from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. Your desktop provides enough stimulus to send your brain into overdrive, firing up your memory-making hippocampus to prevent your grey matter from aging.
Make it a habit to take a brief, brisk walk during the day to significantly reduce your dementia risk, suggests a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Scientists say that walking at a power pace will improve your body’s blood flow, thereby eluding the condition. If you have a nine to five job, this tip is for you — without finding excuses. Walk to the bathroom that is furthest away to your desk and bring on the pace while you’re at it.
We’re not suggesting you give up everything to learn Mandarin all day long, but catch this — learning a new skill for just ten minutes a day can help you stave off a cognitive slide, according to research published in the journal Neurology.
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Did you forget where the car keys are again? A research published in Learning & Memory suggests that getting less than six hours of sleep a night could lead to dementia. To prevent even more cognitive chaos, keep your sleep natural and avoid popping sleep-aid meds. Findings in JAMA Internal Medicine indicate sleeping pills can cause dementia by blocking the action of the sleep neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Make it a point to log in at least seven to eight hours of shut-eye each night to help your brain recuperate and keep it functioning optimally.