If you’re like myself, little reminder notes compete for surface area on your refrigerator, desk, and mirror, everyday ringing your “to-do-bell” in case your mind were to fall short. Memory loss is something we’ve all experienced at one time or another, yet with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases taking first and second place in the race of American neurodegenerative diseases, one has to wonder what steps can be taken to lessen the risks.

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A new report, Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, reinforces the hunch that our health as humans is tightly woven with the Earth’s ecological health. The report published jointly by Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Science and Environmental Health Network reveals how our current food and agricultural practices, chemical and energy choices, sedentary lifestyles and social relations have been pulling our health right out from underneath us. For instance, pesticides, air pollution, physical inactivity and stress were found in direct route of physical and cognitive decline within exposed individuals. The authors include techniques on how to improve our health of tomorrow by simply adjusting our nutritional, chemical, physical and social choices of today.

The full report is free to download @ agehealthy.org, but if becoming entranced by a glowing screen for 210 pages isn’t quite your idea of a good read, you can donate $20 through the web address and receive the book printed with soy-based inks on 100% recycled paper with 50% post consumer content.  Read up and age well.