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These lifestyle changes may protect your brain from Alzheimer’s and dementia – The Boston Globe

Deceptively simple, research-backed health strategies that won’t hurt — and may even help.

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Set aside that crossword puzzle and get moving, because exercise is one of the best things you can do for an aging brain. Numerous studies have found a strong association between physical activity and a reduced risk of cognitive decline. Work at Massachusetts General Hospital revealed that engaging in physical activity also helped slow the loss of brain tissue. The mechanisms are unclear, but study authors speculate that in addition to increased blood flow to the brain, the effect may be influenced…

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