Winos rejoice: one to two alcoholic drinks per day has been found to decrease risk for the most common kind of stroke, ischemic strokes, by as much as 10%. Red wine is considered the most beneficial alcohol because it contains resveratrol, which is thought to protect the heart and brain. But beware—any more than two drinks a day can significantly increase your risk for all kinds of strokes.
Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle no matter what age you are. Regular exercise improves both physical and mental health, lowering your risk for almost every chronic illness that strikes in old age and slowing the process of mental decline.