An article in this morning’s WSJ provides a list of the best known ways of preserving cognitive function and preventing dementia as we age.

There are no secrets or big surprises here. Just an emphasis on the things we already know are good for our overall health:

  1. Controlling blood pressure
  2. Maintaining a healthy diet
  3. Getting enough sleep
  4. Keeping our mind active by reading and social interaction
  5. Maintaining an active exercise schedule.

Click on the link to review the details of the supporting research, but review these five key aspects and see which ones you need to emphasize or improve upon.