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Brain & Nervous System

How Healthy Is Your Brain?

Your body needs exercise to stay strong, and so, too, does your brain. A healthy brain is important for just about everything you do—from remembering where you parked your car to keeping your emotions in check. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to train your brain as you age and possibly reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

One way to exercise your mind is by challenging your brain and keeping it stimulated and active. That’s where quizzes and games can help! Part quiz and part game, we’ve created this tool to help keep your mind healthy as well as give you practical information about lifestyle changes that may help improve your brain health. This 10-question quiz should take you about 3 to 5 minutes to complete. And although we won’t be keeping score, we’ll tell you how you’re doing with each question.

Good luck and have fun!

 

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