Survey’s show that Alzheimer’s is the second most feared disease, after cancer. But minor memory glitches are normal – especially from age 40 on. That’s according to neuro-scientist Dr. Gary Small. He wrote “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program” – and here’s his advice for keeping your mind sharp – and reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s.
Start by eating like a Greek. That means fruits, nuts, beans, vegetables, olive and fish oil. And throw in a glass of red wine once a day for good measure. Columbia University found that people who eat a Mediterranean diet have up to a 67 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Also on Dr. Small’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Think positive. Training yourself not to freak out under pressure can help preserve your memory as you age. Scientists believe that an overproduction of stress hormones causes the brain to deteriorate overtime.
And it always comes back to weight, doesn’t it? Being heavy in middle age increases your risk of dementia. Because excess belly fat shrinks your brain as you age.
Now, those are all long-term fixes for preventing Alzheimers.
But what can you do NOW to improve your memory? Use Dr. Small’s “Look, Snap, Connect” technique.
LOOK means focus on the task at hand. Most people forget because they simply aren’t paying attention.
SNAP means form a mental snapshot of what you want to remember. Our brains are hardwired to recall visual information.
Finally, CONNECT – which means link the mental snapshot to the person, object or situation. So if you parked in aisle 3B, imagine 3 bears sitting in your car. There you go, 3B.