You may be able to help keep your brain in shape, not just the rest of your body. A large study in France suggests that delaying retirement and working until later in life may help prevent dementia.
Some other things the Alzheimer’s Association suggests for healthy aging:
Stay active: Many studies show exercise reduces dementia risk.
Stay connected: join a club, travel, volunteer. Social ties boost brain health.
Eat right: High cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain-cell damage, while dark vegetables and fruits may help protect brain cells.
Do mentally challenging activities: such as word puzzles and other things that stimulate thinking skills.
The Associated Press