Researchers at UC Berkeley found a significant association between higher levels of cognitive activity over a lifetime and lower levels of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein that is the hallmark of Alzheimer's. PET Scans showed that people with no symptoms of Alzheimer’s, who had engaged in cognitively stimulating activities throughout their lives, had fewer deposits of beta-amyloid. Engage in 30 minutes of stimulating brain exercise (e.g., brain aerobic exercises) every day. (Source)

Specific intellectual activities can be designed to help protect against Alzheimer’s Disease. Contains a list of activities broken down by category: passive (e.g., watching TV), intellectual (e.g., reading, crafts), physical (e.g., walking, gardening). (Restak, Richard, MD. Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot. NY: Harmony Books, 2001, pp 38-39)

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