7. Set and Work Toward Achieving Life Goals
Keeping your brain active and enjoying the stimulus of achieving new goals may also help prevent brain degeneration. If you find yourself in a rut or feel boredom setting in, it may be time to set new life goals and work toward achieving them. Stimulate your brain cells by taking up a new hobby, learning a new skill, or taking a new class. You may want to check out a book club, take up tennis, or volunteer for a cause that is close to your heart. Having goals gives individuals a sense of purpose. Meanwhile, learning new things can help keep your brain sharp and active.
6. Beware of Certain Medications
You should never discontinue a prescription medication without first discussing it with your physician. However, it can be helpful to know which medications are linked to an increased risk of brain degeneration and memory loss. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that anticholinergic drugs may increase the risk of dementia in persons over the age of 55. Anticholinergic drugs are medications that are used to treat conditions such as an overactive bladder, Parkinson’s disease, motion sickness, nausea, and vomiting. Speak with your doctor if you have concerns about any of the medications you are taking.
5. Refrain from Using Pesticides
The chemicals you spray on your lawn or around your house may damage your brain cells as well as rid your property of pests. Studies suggest a link between pesticide usage and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Further research is necessary to reveal a direct link. However, it stands to reason that potent chemicals that cause death to insects and pests may have harmful effects on your brain. Penn State Extension lists traps, sticky barriers, and caulking as alternatives to pesticides. Furthermore, products such as horticultural oils, borax, garlic, and vinegar may be less toxic to humans.