Elizabeth Amini – TRANSCRIPT
I’m super excited to be here. I’m a big fan of TED and TEDx. I think these events are wonderful.
So, I’m the CEO and one of the co-founders of Anti-AgingGames.com, and today I’m going to give you the top ten tips to keep your brain young. There’re tips to help reduce your risk of early memory loss, and what I want you to do is, if you like the tips, I’d like you to share them with as many people as possible, with friends and family. I’m actually going to show you the website where you can get a copy of the tips.
So don’t worry too much about taking notes. My scientists and I literally went through 17,000 studies to come up with the tips that I’m going to share with you today, as well as the tips that are in our games and on our site. But before we start, I want to tell you a few things.
First off, I’m not a doctor. I make games for a living. So, this is not medical advice. This is simply a starting point for you to speak with about your future health with your doctor. Secondly, it’s all good news. So don’t worry, I’m not going to terrify you with anything. Third, I’m not here to sell you anything. We’re actually going to give you a VIP code so you can have free access to the games. So, don’t worry, no supplements, no snake-oil, nothing like that. Just pure tips with no ulterior motive. So let me give you the e-mail. If you actually send an e-mail to Tips@Anti-Aging-Games.com, you’ll get a copy of the tips as well as a link to see all of the tips on the website.
Or you can just go to Anti-AgingGamescom and click on the brain tips section. So this whole thing started four or five years ago when one of my friends’ mom got Alzheimer’s. And while I was watching my friend deal with this and just struggling with it emotionally, physically, financially, I noticed that there is this unspoken, but very deep belief that she, too, was going to get Alzheimer’s, that it was entirely genetic, that she was doomed to have this happen too eventually. And that’s just not true. That is absolutely not true.
Depending on who you ask, only 5% to 8% of Alzheimer’s is linked to a single gene to begin with. There is a study that shows that, when you have two identical twins, and one gets Alzheimer’s – they’re identical twins, you expect the other one to get Alzheimer’s 100% of the time, that doesn’t happen 21% of the time, the other twin doesn’t get Alzheimer’s or gets it so much later that it’s unrelated to that genetic basis.
So I’m here to tell you about that 21%, and what lifestyle changes you can make to actually help reduce your risk of early memory loss. And the good news is, everything that I’m going to tell you, it’s easy, it’s free, and you can do it starting today.
So without a further ado I will talk about the first tip. The first tip, and if you walk away with nothing else, just walk away with this one: fast walking is fantastic for your brain and your heart. So fast walking 30 minutes a day, five times a week, is linked to 33% less Alzheimer’s. If you actually include vigorous aerobic exercises that get your heart rate up, three times a week, at least 20 minutes, that actually reduces your risk down to 50%.
So, fantastic news. If you can’t walk comfortably, what you want to do is water walking, cross-country skiing, or if you know someone in a wheelchair, tell them to use a hand wheel. Any aerobic activity that basically pushes the blood into your brain faster, pushes the oxygen and nutrients into your brain faster helps things repair, pushes the waste out of your brain. That is fantastic for you.
You doctor will tell you that if you have an exercise at all, what’s really important is for you to just start getting into consistent exercises. So you may start with 10 minutes a day. I don’t know about you, but I’m incredibly lazy when it comes to exercising. Just incredibly lazy. Exercising for the sake of vanity never motivated me, because I just figure plus or minus ten, twenty pounds, who cares? It’s true.
It’s just not motivating. But when I read this study, avoiding Alzheimer’s, and maintaining your freedom and independence later on a life, hugely motivating. So I started walking, and I got to tell you, it increases your energy, you drop weight, and you just feel so much healthier and happier. So definitely recommend that.
Second tip is to play mentally engaging games. Studies show that any kind of learning, any kind of mind engaging game play is fantastic for you. The keys are that has to be interactive, mind engaging, it’s extra good if it’s fun. So passive entertainment, is like watching TV or daytime napping. Interactive entertainment includes playing brain fitness games, like on Anti-AgingGames.com.
But you actually don’t even need our games. Any kind of learning is fantastic for you. So, you can play chess. You can play bridge. You can learn a new instrument, a complicated dance or language. If there’s a social component or physical component, even better. So learn ballroom dancing. What’s funny is you don’t actually have to be good at it at all. So you can try Tae-Bo dancing, flamenco, guitar, it doesn’t really matter. You’re doing different things than what you usually do during the day, so your brain is growing new neural connections, and it’s just fantastic for you.