The youngest baby boomers turn 50 this year, a time when preserving brain health becomes even more critical than ever.


Age-related decline is something that no one can avoid completely. But men and women approaching their senior years can maintain their brain capacity through some relatively simple lifestyle adjustments, according to the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), which is partnering on the third part of a national health education campaign called Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential.


"Keeping the brain healthy is easier than you realize," said Michael Roizen, M.D., co-founder of Real Age, Inc., a consumer health media resource. "Everyday actions such as maintaining a diet, including good fats like DHA omega-3 and important nutrients such as vitamin E and lutein, and staying active physically, mentally and socially, are all good ways to influence long-term brain health."


Recently, the NCCA performed an analysis of the states whose residents were doing the most to successfully boost brain power. Using 21 different health factors (including nutrition, physical health, mental health and social well-being), the study found that the healthiest “brain state” in the U.S. is Maryland, followed by Washington state, Colorado, Connecticut and Alaska.


What steps are you taking to help keep your brain powering strong? Any tips and tricks you can share?