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  • STAYING FIT. People?s first thought when they hear this phrase is commonly a thought associated with fitness or diet. The brain, however, plays the most critical role as it is the epicenter of all of our functions. So, how can we focus on the health of our brain? Is there really anything we can do?
  • YES!? Remember, ?What?s good for your heart, is good for your brain,? says the Alzheimer?s Association.? ?Do something every day to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke-all of which can increase your risk of Alzheimer?s.?
  • YOUR ARE WHAT YOU EAT! Research shows that a diet rich in dark veggies and fruits may help to protect your brain cells. Antioxidant-rich foods are delicious and very beneficial.
  • YOUR BRAIN IS A MUSCLE. The Alzheimer?s Association says, ?Keeping your brain active and engaged strengthens brain cells and the connections between them?It may even help trigger growth of new cells.? Reading a good book instead of watching television can make a big difference. Of course, there?s no need to cut out our favorite TV characters all together! Maybe instead of sitting through a television program you don?t necessarily HAVE to watch, try a crossword puzzle or read a little bit more of that book you?ve been putting off.
  • SOCIAL BUTTERFLY. Fun activities benefit you. It?s really that simple! Be social, converse, volunteer, join a club or take a class. Have a busy schedule? Block out your week and make time for YOU!

Here?s some staggering information that might encourage you to upgrade your priorities?

?More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, says the most in-depth attempt yet to assess the brain-destroying illness – and it’s an ominous scenario as the population grays.

The new count is about 10 percent higher than what scientists had predicted just a few years ago, because earlier research underestimated Alzheimer’s growing impact in developing countries.

Barring a medical breakthrough, the World Alzheimer Report projects dementia will nearly double every 20 years. By 2050, it will affect a staggering 115.4 million people, the report concludes.

“We are facing an emergency,” said Dr. Daisy Acosta, who heads Alzheimer’s Disease International, which released the report Monday.?

With these kinds of numbers, why let your brain lay dormant when you can keep those brain muscles working and better your chances of keeping your brain healthy? By following a few simple suggestions and being a bit more BRAIN SAVVY, we can make a difference in how our brain functions.

Sources: Lauran Neergaard, ASSOCIATED PRESS; The Alzheimer?s Association

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