Do you find yourself off balance? This is “LifeCycles” with Laurie Edwards-Tate, President, At Your Home Familycare.

Poor balance as you grow older may be an early warning sign of dementia. A recent study using a simple one-leg balance test found that poor test results predicted a greater decline in brain function. It is not clear whether the loss of balance is a cause or a symptom of memory loss. But there are many other reasons to maintain the ability to balance.

Ask your physician for suggestions, such as yoga or tai chi. If you are younger, be sure to incorporate balance work in your fitness routine. The link between good physical and mental health appears to be stronger than we know.

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