What’s good for the heart is good for the brain, says neuroscientist Sir Richard Faull.
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, only about 10 per cent of the disease can be attributed to genetic factors – the rest is a combination of factors that track closely with best-practice for heart health.
Sir Richard says that one-fifth of the output of every heart beat goes toward fuelling the brain so the things that keep blood vessels clear and healthy are also helping the brain get the blood it needs.
Not smoking, a healthy diet, exercise, low stress – all go towards keeping a healthy brain and slowing the progression of dementia.
In addition, keeping the brain active is known to be protective against dementia.
“We know that the more languages you know, the less your chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease.”
Another vital part of keeping the brain active is being social and interacting with other people.
Add all these things together and Sir Richard comes up with a surprising prescription for brain health – join a choir.
Singing has been shown to lower stress, relieve anxiety and raise endorphins, and the social element activates the brain and increases connectedness and happiness.
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