Practical Strategies for Preserving Good Cognitive Function into Old Age

As people age, there is a tendency for cognitive ability to decline at least modestly, and, in many people, neurodegenerative disorders and/or strokes can bring on dementia. This article suggests a wide number of lifestyle strategies – involving dietary choices, exercise, nutraceuticals, and drugs – that have potential, particularly if implemented in mid-life, to minimize risk for age-related cognitive decline and dementia. A concluding section summarizes these measures, and classifies them as first-line (feasible for primary prevention in healthy people), second-line (to be considered when the onset of cognitive decline is noted), and third-line (for consideration if cognitive decline continues to progress.)

Updated posting, September 2013

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