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    What You Need for a Younger Brain

    Where did I put those car keys?

    What's my computer password again?

    As the years pass, you probably have these kinds of "senior moments" from time to time.

    The good news: WebMD guest expert, Henry S. Lodge, MD, says there are two sure-fire ways to rejuvenate your brain over time: exercise and social connection.

    Lodge says that after only 3 months of exercise, MRI studies show noticeable growth in new brain tissue -- even in areas that control memory, decision-making, and judgment. He also says that seniors who work in Experience Corps -- tutoring and bonding with young children -- show progress in all markers of health, including blood pressure, weight, mood, and energy.

    One Community member shares how Alzheimer’s has occurred in his family. So at 55, he participates in online communities to socialize, and stays active by doing as many household chores as he can.

    Another Community member takes classes at a nearby college to add to his contacts list and keep his mental and physical abilities from slipping.

    What kind of exercises and relationships have you embraced to keep your mind sharp? Share your successes with the Community.

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