Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Reduce Cognitive Decline

"A study presented Sunday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles found that combining five lifestyle habits — including eating healthier, exercising regularly, refraining from smoking, and limiting alcohol — can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 60 percent. A separate study showed that lifestyle choices can lower risk even for those who are genetically predisposed to the disease."

Number 5? People who 'engaged in mentally stimulating activities such as reading the newspaper, visiting the library or playing games such as chess and checkers' reduced their risk of cognitive decline. 

Including even 1 of these healthy lifestyle factors can a make a difference. Our libraries can help you with at least 3 of these positive habits! Come along to the library for cooking classes, lectures, yoga (or walk through Brook St Park!), join a book club, learn a new hobby or language. The social connections you'll find at the library also have positive health effects - as does volunteering!