Health Tip: Brain Health

Keep your mind sharp as you age

(HealthDay News) -- Maintaining a healthy brain is as important as maintaining a healthy body, especially as you age.

Here are some suggestions to help keep your mind sharp, courtesy of AARP:

  • Don't drink excessive amounts of alcohol, smoke, or use illegal drugs.
  • Get regular exercise and enough sleep.
  • Learn how to reduce stress.
  • If you notice significant changes in your memory or brain function, speak with your doctor.
  • Prescription medications -- especially when taken in combination -- may affect your mental and physical performance, so let your doctor know about all medications that you take.
  • Stay physically and socially active, and avoid staying at home by yourself.
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