A new Health Alert published by Johns Hopkins Medicine features 8 key strategies that the Johns Hopkins experts say can help preserve your memory and brain health.
The Health Alert, entitled “How to Protect Your Memory and Brain Health,” is written by Dr. Peter V. Rabins, a geriatric psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins, whom the publisher states is “one of the nation’s leading experts on the care and management of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”
“Every day, scientists are proving that diminished memory and mental capacity are NOT inevitable – and can be slowed, halted or even reversed through good nutrition, lifestyle habits and more,” the publisher of Johns Hopkins Health Alerts states in an announcement about the Health Alert. “Even Alzheimer’s disease is not something that suddenly occurs in old age. Rather, it’s a continuum of illnesses that gets its start decades earlier without any symptoms.”
“A recent report from the National Institutes of Health supports this view. It provides evidence that vascular disease risk factors – including mid-life hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes – can all predispose someone to developing memory problems-even Alzheimer’s,” the publisher states.
This is good news, the publisher asserts, “[b]ecause it points the way to the importance of effective prevention strategies – strategies you can begin TODAY to keep your brain healthier, longer.”
“Many experts believe that once you understand your various risk factors for cognitive decline… take control of them… and follow through with the evidence-based strategies detailed in How To Protect Your Memory and Brain Health, you’ll be in a better position to keep your memory strong well into later life,” according to the Johns Hopkins announcement.
The Johns Hopkins Health Alert discusses 8 key strategies focused on saving your memory, with evidence-based research to support each step, according to the publisher.
Examples of Some Strategies to Protect Memory & Brain Health
Following are five examples provided by the publisher of some of the information presented in greater detail in the Johns Hopkins Health Alert, “How to Protect Your Memory and Brain Health:”
- “What’s the best way to guard your memory and prevent dementia?
If you answered, stay heart healthy, you’d be right. And Dr. Rabins, [the author of the Health Alert,] explains why with evidence from recent studies in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Controlling high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease are absolutely critical to cognitive function. Dr. Rabins explains how to take charge.
- What are the effects of too little sleep on keeping your memory sharp?
. . . Now new studies show that getting adequate sleep plays an essential role in learning new information, relating to names, dates, faces, facts, specific events – in short forming memory.
- What’s so special about the Mediterranean diet?
. . . Now recent evidence-based research reported in the Annals of Neurology suggests that people who closely follow the Mediterranean diet have a 40 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The take-away: The food you eat, not the pills, can prevent or slow the rate of cognitive decline.
- How does regular physical activity protect memory and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s?
Studies investigating the exercise/memory/dementia link have shown positive outcomes in recent years. Dr. Rabins provides an in-depth look at a number of key studies to show you the benefits of regular exercise… and how to incorporate exercise into your schedule.
- How does stress affect memory?
We all know that living a stress-filled life is unhealthy. Turns out stress is worse for us than we thought. Johns Hopkins researchers have linked high levels of the stress hormone cortisol with poor cognitive performance in older adults. And another study, reported in the journal Neurology, found that depressed and anxious people are 40 percent more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment. In this fascinating section, Dr. Rabins provides key “stress erasers” – proactive steps you can take to reduce the stress in your life.”
The Johns Hopkins Health Alert, “How to Protect Your Memory and Brain Health,” is available for purchase online from Johns Hopkins Medicine. The cost for a digital download (as a PDF document) is U.S. $19.95.
Johns Hopkins indicates that purchasers of the Health Alert will also receive free copies of two additional digital reports:
- “Understanding the Tip-of-the-Tongue Phenomenon” — About this publication, the publisher states, “It’s so frustrating: You can’t think of the word you want to use — even if though it’s a familiar, everyday object… or… you blank on the name. It’s on the tip of your tongue. Dr. Rabins explains why tip-of-the-tongue experiences are more pronounced in older people and he provides successful strategies for retrieving these lost words.”
- “How Multitasking Can Harm Memory” — The publisher explains: “We live in an era of distraction. Life moves fast and we often find ourselves trying to do several things at the same time. In this bonus article, Dr. Rabins explains how multi-tasking affects the way we learn. To prove the point he includes a Multi-Tasking Self Test to show you how inefficient it really is!”
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