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Ways to Stay Sharp

Please don't Smoke.  Smokers perform worse than non-smokers in studies of memory and cognitive function.  No one knows whether smoking directly impairs memory or is merely associated with memory loss because it causes illnesses that contribute to poorer brain function. 

 In additon smoking increases the risk of stroke and hypertension, two other causes of memory impairment.  In any case, if you smoke, it pays to give up.  Research shows that people who stop smoking have less mental decline than those who continue to smoke.

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Drink in moderation (or not at all).  While heavy drinking can harm your memory, moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages may be beneficial.  Research suggests that drinking  up to one drink a day may reduce the risk of dementia. But excessive consumption of alcohol is toxic to neurons and is the leading risk factor for Korakoff's sundrome, a disorder that causes sudden and irreversable memory loss.   However, it should be noted that a healthy diet of vegetable and fruit,  rather than alcohol, can also reduce the risk.

If you're a heavy drinker, cutting back can prevent further memory loss and may lead to some recovery of damaged memory function

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Recent research indicates that the a magic ingredient curcumin, found in the curry spice Turmeric, possesses a potent antioxident and has anti-inflammatory properties which show promise for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. 


Be Social.  Close ties with others can improve the cognitive performance of older people, according to a US population study on aging and other research done by  Dr. Martin Prince and others at the Royal Free Hospital in London, UK. shows that social intercourse with friends speeds up recovery after illness. 

Social support can come from relationships with friends, relatives or carers.

A Canadian study publised in 2003, identified a lack of relationships with friends and family as a risk factor for cognitive decline. The study, which followed people over the age of 65 for four years, found that the probability of maintaining good cognitive function was highest among peple who socialised often and had strong social ties; the probability of losing cognitive function was highest among people who had the least contact. 

Social engagement often goes hand in hand with intellectually stimulating activities which in turn promote good memory function.  Reading is good but it is a solitary activity however card games, bingo, chess, dominoes, yatze to name but a few, encourage brain cells to fire off and prevent them from atrophying.

Social relationships can also help support you during stressful times, reducing the damaging effects that stress can have on the brain.

The internet has become a wonderful tool for keeping brains active.  If you live in an isolated area, or are housebound, joining forums on the internet is stimulating.  If you are no longer able to take part in activities that you did when you were more mobile or able to get to social gathering, it is possible to search on the net for like-minded people who share the same interest.

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