UCLA's Gary Small's Tips

According to Newsweek: and Dr. Gary Small, a memory expert

Tip #1: Sharpen your mind by doing exercises like crossword puzzles (and shutting off the TV). [Ad: take a memory test | play a game | save your memory with pictures

How it works: Research has shown that even doing simple exercises that stimulate the brain can help you stave off memory loss.

Tip #2: Maintain a positive outlook.
How it works: Studies show it can actually boost the body's immune system. Small says optimists also generally have fewer emotional difficulties, experience less pain, have more energy, and are generally happier and calmer.

Tip #3: Cultivate healthy and intimate relationships with friends and family.
How it works: Small cites research showing those who are socially connected may live up to 20 percent longer than those who lead more isolated lives. And a healthy sex life can provide several benefits (beyond the obvious)--from helping to lower blood pressure and ward off depression to boosting the immune system and improving physical fitness.

Tip #4: Promote stress-free living.
How it works: Stress is a leading cause of age-related disease, says Small. And research has shown that activities like yoga or meditation can not only reduce stress, but help fight pain and ward off illness.

Tip #5: Reduce clutter.
How it works: Removing clutter in our homes and offices helps relieve stress. Small also recommends clearing out ‘emotional clutter’ by ending relationships that are more damaging than enriching.

Tip #6: Get fit.
How it works: Research shows regular exercise boosts energy levels, improves health, and prevents many age-related diseases. Small recommends a program that combines cardiovascular conditioning, balance and flexibility, and strength training.

Tip #7: Eat a healthy diet.
How it works: A well-balanced, low-fat diet can help you lose weight and improve your health. Small promotes a diet high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables (like blueberries and broccoli); proteins, lean meats and healthy fats (found in wild salmon and nuts); and whole grains, legumes, and other fiber-rich carbohydrates.

Tip #8: Consider modern medicine for feeling and looking younger.
How it works: From heart transplants to Lasik eye surgery, Small points out that new medical breakthroughs are helping us live longer, healthier lives than any generation before. And cosmetic technologies can help us look younger too. Check with your doctor to see what treatments, if any, might be appropriate.

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