Whether your days are less mentally demanding now that you’re retired, or you’re so busy you don’t even have time for sudoku, everyone can benefit from these simple brain-boosting tips.
We spoke with Iftekhar Ahmed, MD, a neurologist from Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, to learn easy, science-backed ways to keep your mind razor sharp.
Ask about cholesterol checks at your next doctor’s appointment.
Keeping your cholesterol within a healthy range—not too low and not too high—can help stave off dementia.
“You need some cholesterol to protect the integrity of your brain cells,” says Dr. Ahmed. “If your total cholesterol drops too low, your brain cell membranes could break down.”