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Keeping Our Brains Healthy as We Age

Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Gary Small, the director of the UCLA memory and aging research center. For his work in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and brain aging, Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Dr. Small explains which factors are in our control when it comes to preventing memory loss and even the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. He also talks about the importance of weight loss, good sleep, and diet for brain health as well as some of the latest research related to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. (42 minutes)

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