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Brain Health
February 12, 2021

6 Ways to Improve Brain Health

by Sarah McEwen, PhD

The ability to maintain one’s brain health throughout one’s life should be of utmost importance in pursuing health and longevity.

The brain is remarkably plastic (neuroplasticity) giving it the ability to change and improve throughout your lifetime. Neural connections in the brain can adjust and grow to meet new situations in your environment and this is called experience-dependent plasticity. So what we do affects the structure of our brain.

This is particularly pertinent and encouraging when considering Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Lancet Commission (Livingston et al, The Lancet, 2020) concluded that about 40 percent of dementia cases worldwide can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle.

Early lifestyle interventions could have a great impact on preventing, slowing or even halting the progression of cognitive disease.

6 top dementia prevention strategies

  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Sleep
  • Learn
  • Reduce stress
  • Socialize

Find out how these risk factors affect the brain and how adapting your lifestyle can help keep you vital longer.

About the Author

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Sarah McEwen, PhD

Sarah McEwen, PhD, NSCA-CPT, is a Cognitive Psychologist and Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Brain Health Center. Her specialty is the study of physical activity and cognitive enhancement interventions to investigate biological, behavioral and health-related outcomes in patients suffering from cognitively debilitating disorders.

Last updated: February 23rd, 2021