Our brain’s functional capacity is amazing, yet it’s often taken for granted until it begins to crumble. Scientist don’t fully understand dementia or Alzheimer’s – the most common type of dementia – or what causes it. The main risk factor is age – the older you are the greater your chance of developing Alzheimer’s. Your genetic make-up can also increase your risk. Of course, you can’t control your genes and getting older is unavoidable., so what can you do? In a recent Los Angeles Times article (“When the memory flickers out”), a trial of more than 2500 older adults at risk for dementia demonstrated how a tailored diet, exercise program, brain training and close monitoring for risk factors like vascular disease can improve cognitive functioning. So get busy – eat well and exercise – it may just save your brain.