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Shaping Up Your Body and Brain in 2013
-- Fulfilling New Year's Resolution Can Bring Lifelong Benefits, Delay Dementia --
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 31, 2012 01:55 PM
SEATTLE, Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At the time of year many people resolve to shape up their bodies, there's added incentive to follow through: Doing so can also boost mental fitness, potentially delaying the onset of dementia. With the number of new cases of Alzheimer's disease in the U.S. projected to increase by 130% in 2030 compared to 2000, it should be an important motivator to make your good intentions a reality, says Dr. Paul Nussbaum. He is the director of brain health for Emeritus Senior Living and clinical neuropsychologist and adjunct professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Research cited in the NIH-supported journal "Health and Social Work" shows that learning and other measures can foster new neurons and new neural connections even into one's senior years. "Knowing that brain fitness practices have the potential to delay dementia's onset, I encourage everyone to begin the New Year by making brain fitness part of their lives," Nussbaum said.
Starting an exercise program is a key first step.
"Walking daily, dancing and other forms of aerobic activity help blood flow to the brain," Nussbaum said.
Adopting a healthy diet is also important. Nussbaum recommends cutting down on processed foods in favor of those that nourish the brain.
"Fruits and vegetables are beneficial for cognitive health," he said. "So are foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, such as certain fish and nuts, and antioxidants, which are foods containing vitamins A, C or E."
In addition to physical fitness, Nussbaum says three other practices can have a positive impact on your brain:
"The statistics about Alzheimer's disease are alarming and they demonstrate how crucial it is to adopt a brain fitness program," Nussbaum said. "As 2013 begins, please resolve to incorporate brain health into your daily life. Besides knowing you are engaging in an important practice with lifelong benefits, I think you will find you truly enjoy it."
More information on brain health, including a survey and activities, are available at Emeritus.com/new-year's-brain-health.
About Emeritus Senior Living
Emeritus Senior Living is the nation's largest assisted living and memory care provider, with the ability to serve nearly 50,000 residents. More than 28,000 employees support more than 470 communities throughout 44 states coast to coast. Emeritus offers the spectrum of senior residential choices, care options and life enrichment programs that fulfill individual needs and promote purposeful living throughout the aging process. Its experts provide insights on senior living, care, wellness, brain health, caregiving and family topics at www.Emeritus.com, which also offers details on the organization's services. Emeritus is based in Seattle, Wash.; Emeritus common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ESC.
CONTACT: Audrey Knoth / Scott McCaskey, (757) 625-2518
SOURCE Emeritus Senior Living
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