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38 Genius Habits Your 80-Year-Old Brain Will Thank You for Doing Today

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The Healthy

Tina Donvito


This article summarizes brain boosting habits to help keep your mind and memory healthy, from the book Outsmarting Alzheimer's by Kenneth S. Kosik.Numerous habits can help keep the brain young including games like chess, to exercise the frontal lobe, meditation and physical exercise. Heart-healthy habits also support brain health, like not smoking, maintaining a healthy BMI, staying physically active, and following a healthy eating plan. These habits can increase blood flow to the brain, reduce inflammation and improve cognitive function.


“Research shows that aerobic exercise increases blood flow in the hippocampus, the memory region of the brain. This is also the area most affected by Alzheimer’s, so you are strengthening a vulnerable part of the brain.”  – Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, founder and chief director, Center for BrainHealth at the UT Dallas
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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project


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