1. Play Well 
with Others
Every time you make a new acquaintance, the experience is a form of exercise for your brain’s cognitive cells.

2. Hit the Pavement
A 40-minute stroll three times a week can help bolster your brain’s memory centre, according to researchers at the University of Illinois.

3. Play Table Tennis
The more additional game skills needed (say, quick thinking), the more your brain will benefit, says psychiatrist and author Dr Daniel Amen.

4. Sip Chocolate Every Day
In a study in the journal Neurology, a cocoa habit improved participants’ brain bloodflow by more than 8%.

5. Étudiez le Français
Language skills are stored in places all over your brain. That’s particularly important if any area of your brain has been damaged.

6. Disconnect 
from Your Devices
Social interaction helps synchronise the different parts of your brain, optimising efficiency. So unplug, and connect.

7. Make Snooze Time Sacred
If you shortchange yourself on quality rest, your brain’s trash collectors can miss chemicals that contribute to dementia.

8. Curry Favour
Curcumin, a compound found in the curry spice turmeric, possesses anti-inflammatory properties that may provide benefits to your brain.

9. Make Time 
to Unwind
Even a few minutes of meditation or yoga can cut stress, helping your brain maintain access 
to stored info.

By Lila Battis