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Minding your mind: 12 ways to keep your brain young with proper care and feeding

May 01, 2006

Time marches on, and the march of time alters every part of the human body. Few of these changes are welcome, but most can be slowed down, minimized, or compensated for. There is no fountain of youth, but the combination of good health habits, good medical care, good genes, and a little good luck can keep most of us bubbling along to ages that were unimaginable to previous generations.

The mind is no exception. Every brain changes with age, and mental function changes along with it. Mental decline is common, and it's one of the most feared consequences of aging. But cognitive impairment is not inevitable — far from it. Here are 12 ways you can help reduce your risk of age-related memory loss.

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