The brain, a personal gymnasium
September 2, 2011
Bob and Jackie Glass have been happily married for decades and managed to stay healthy while they're at it, according to The Sacramento Bee. What's their secret? Exercise and diet. The couple attends dance classes regularly and watches what they eat.
"Science, through research and technology, does make progressive changes in the basics. Like those fruits and vegetables. We know we need them for antioxidants, and today we talk about bringing 'color' to the table: green broccoli, blueberries, red radishes," senior health expert Peggy Buchanan explained to the news provider.
She claims that the brain is like a gymnasium.
"Fight afternoon fatigue. Fatigue is a common problem among older adults, especially after lunch. Having a glass of water and a high-antioxidant food like a prune can revitalize the body and stimulate the mind," she advises.
Staying mentally healthy is particularly important when it comes to reducing the risk for dementia. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 5.4 million Americans already suffer from the condition and this number will drastically grow as baby boomers age.
Those who are looking to stay healthy and independent during their golden years may want to consider installing a medical alert system as well, because this device makes it possible to request help in case of an emergency with the push of a button.