07/15/2013 12:24 EDT | Updated 09/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Tips to boost brain health and lower dementia risk

You may be able to help keep your brain in shape, not just the rest of your body. A large study in France suggests that delaying retirement and working until later in life may help prevent dementia.

Some other things the Alzheimer's Association suggests for healthy aging:

—Stay active. Many studies show exercise reduces dementia risk.

—Stay connected — join a club, travel, volunteer. Social ties boost brain health.

—Eat right. High cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain cell damage, while dark vegetables and fruits may help protect brain cells.

—Do mentally challenging activities such as word puzzles and other things that stimulate thinking skills.



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