By Anonymous Thursday, March 09, 2006, 06:25 PM EST
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For 72-year-old Mary Lynch, it's a no-brainer.
Although there's no cure for Alzheimer's disease, some studies theorize that by keeping the body and mind healthy and active, we can delay the disease or possibly prevent it.
That's good enough for this former Air Force nurse. Although Lynch is retired, she's not idle. If she's not walking around the San Diego Zoo or playing golf, she's volunteering at the Alzheimer's Association, reading one of her favorite historical novels, or completing crossword puzzles.
"When it comes to the brain, if you don't use it, you're going to lose it," says the San Diego resident, who is a diabetic (one of the risk factors for Alzheimer's) and has a family history of the disease.