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Mind & Body

Submitted by alumni on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 00:29.

Mind & Body

Each decade poses distinct challenges, which is why we turned to the experts for a road map to better health. From your 20s to your 80s, we supply you with one healthy habit per decade. Live large with this handy-guide to your well-being.
by Mike Fisher

Healthy Habit for Your 60s:
Train the Brain

Work tips for healthy brain aging into your daily routine.

Here’s how:

  • Keep your body in shape with regular aerobic exercise, which can promote healthy blood flow to the brain and keep your mind sharp.
  • Activate your brain by reading and doing puzzles.
  • Try something new, such as learn a new language or how to play a new musical instrument. Develop a hobby such as photography.
  • Maintain brain vitality by being socially engaged.
  • Watch your weight and stick to a heart-healthy diet that avoids bad fats and cholesterol.
  • Seek treatment for depression and sleep apnea.
  • Discuss with your doctor how to manage risk factors for stroke or heart attacks, including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.

Marc Poulin, professor in the Cumming School of Medicine and Faculty of Kinesiology, and member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta.