Brain-saving habits to help you stay sharp as you get older

According to an article in Time, emerging research suggests that certain habits may keep the mind sharp during the aging process.

1. Socialising - focus on building social circles that satisfy your individual needs. This can be spending more time with neighbours or volunteering at a community centre.

2. Relaxing - take time to do things that relieve stress. Studies show that meditation, listening to music and getting enough sleep at night are all important aspects of preventing cognitive decline. .

3. Staying active - exercise helps prevent brain inflammation and increases production of a protein that is vital for growing and maintaining neurons.