The NYT ran a piece in their New Old Age blog citing the correlation between anxiety medication, sleep aids and Alzheimer’s. (Read it before you panic.) But here’s the thing, anxiety and insomnia are also correlated to dementia. So, damned if you, damned if you don’t…
On the upside, even more research (see More Magazine, which mysteriously appears at my house, I have no idea who subscribed me, but I love it!) points to the positive effects of aerobic exercise and spending time with those you love on brain health.
And guess what? Exercise and social support also reduce anxiety and decrease sleeplessness!
Or, you could take a page out of A. E. Hotchner’s book, O.J. in the morning, G&T at night. Hotchner, bon vivant tennis player whose loved ones included Hemingway and Paul Newman amongst others, offers lots of fun tips for living well into old age.
He is 98.