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Research Says This One Thing Does Work For Dementia Prevention
This concept of cognitive reserve makes sense, right? When you exercise a muscle, it gets stronger. Then, when you suffer an injury or can’t exercise for a while, your muscles still recover fairly quickly because they already were strong. Well, in terms of brain health and memory, there might be more to the story.
Higher education often changes a person’s entire life path. Individuals with higher education may have higher incomes, more leisure activities, healthier diets, better cardiovascular health, and even better access to health care. All of these factors also relate to dementia. Therefore, it is hard to determine exactly how much of the decreased risk for dementia is due to the education itself as compared to the other lifestyle factors that education influences.
What can we do for dementia prevention?
So, what does this all mean? Does this mean that if you have lower education levels, you are destined to develop dementia? No! You can reap the benefits of higher education levels by simply engaging your brain in activities. Attend lectures or plays. Enroll in community education courses. Pick up a mentally stimulating hobby such as learning a new language or skill. Much in the way formal education works, challenging your brain can also build your cognitive reserve.
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Unfortunately, even if you have a higher education level, you aren’t necessarily immune to dementia. No matter what your education level, it is important to reduce your risk of dementia through regular exercise, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, not smoking, and using your brain to learn new things.