The belief that brain cells die as we age and nothing can be done isn’t true, according to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta. Here are ways to sharpen your cognitive processes:
- High levels of stress impair learning and memory in humans and animals. Exercise relieves stress.
- Maintain good health. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables—blueberries, strawberries, and broccoli, and fats such as olive oil.
- Engage in mentally challenging activities to reduce the decline.
- To avoid the small daily things that annoy you and cause stress, establish a routine: put your keys in the same place, keep a calendar, and take time to process new information.