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Mission Home Health
(318) 361-0450
708 Jackson Street
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

National Home Care Svcs. Monro
(318) 323-5594
3030 Aurora, Ste 126n
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Professional Hhs Of Monroe
(318) 323-2246
801 Stubbs Ste E & F
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Sunil Prem
1503 Stubbs Ave
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Garland Mc Carty
(318) 327-4196
309 Jackson St
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

Capital Health Services Of Mon
(318) 340-0221
2205 Liberty Street
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Abraham Kuruvilla
309 Jackson St
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

Krishna Kambhampati
1902 Stubbs Ave
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

United Home Care, Inc.
(318) 329-9090
1900 North 18th St Suite 200
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Hospice Care Of La In Monroe/Ruston
(318) 513-9911
1410 Royal Avenue
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Hospices

Staying Sharp

We’ve all heard the jokes about age and forgetfulness, but memory lapses that mess
up everyday living are no laughing matter. If your mind isn’t what it used to be, read on
for five keys to achieving peak mental performance.

By Marissa Candela

April 2007

You snap your fingers, furrow your brow and tap your foot to no avail—you’re drawing a blank, experiencing a frustrating “senior moment.” What was that phone number? What was that actress’s name? And where the heck are those car keys? The answer always seems to be on the tip of your tongue, or just barely hidden behind a veil of mental fogginess.

From common annoyances like forgetfulness and sluggish reasoning to more serious age-related conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, many of us—especially the aging baby boomer population—are wandering through life in a brain haze, vaguely aware that our thinking could be substantially sharper.

This mind-dulling decline can be partially attributed to unhealthy lifestyles, as dubious diet choices, poor stress management, mental passivity and sedentary living all take a heavy toll on peak mental performance. Environmental elements are also culpable, as ubiquitous toxins and pollutants bombard our brains with free radicals that hasten mental deterioration.

Thankfully, mounting evidence suggests that these factors can be countered, and that cognitive decline is not an unavoidable counterpart to aging. Mental murkiness can be replaced with lightning-fast reasoning and crystal-clear memory—by simply adopting commonsense practices. Here, Energy Times outlines these brain-boosting practices with five critical keys to staying sharp:

1. Brain Food

It shouldn’t come as any surprise: the standard American diet is as bad for our minds as it is for our bodies. “The typical Western diet sends one down a path of inflammation, oxidative stress and bad cholesterol,” explains Dr. Michael Ozner, author of The Miami Mediterranean Diet (Cambridge House). All of these factors have been linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Mediterranean diet in particular—which minimizes meat, sugar and processed foods while encouraging fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, nuts and a modest amount of fish—seems tailor-designed to neutralize threats to brain health: “The Mediterranean diet brings lots of antioxidants, helps lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, and is an anti-inflammatory diet,” says Ozner. “All of this can help reduce risk for cerebrovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.”

A Columbia University study published in the Archives of Neurology (10/06) is the latest to echo Ozner’s assertion. In the study, those who ate Mediterranean-style enjoyed a 68% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The Mediterranean meal plan is also rich in essential “good fats” for peak cognitive function and critical building blocks for the brain—which itself is 60% fat. Omega-3s, for example, are believed ...

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