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Originally published Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:35 AM

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Tips to boost brain health and lower dementia risk

You may be able to help keep your brain in shape, not just the rest of your body. A large study in France suggests that delaying retirement and working until later in life may help prevent dementia.

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You may be able to help keep your brain in shape, not just the rest of your body. A large study in France suggests that delaying retirement and working until later in life may help prevent dementia.

Some other things the Alzheimer's Association suggests for healthy aging:

-Stay active. Many studies show exercise reduces dementia risk.

-Stay connected - join a club, travel, volunteer. Social ties boost brain health.

-Eat right. High cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain cell damage, while dark vegetables and fruits may help protect brain cells.

-Do mentally challenging activities such as word puzzles and other things that stimulate thinking skills.

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Alzheimer's Association: http://tinyurl.com/qawh87

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