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Improving detection, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease

The FINGER model

Evidence-based lifestyle interventions for prevention of cognitive decline

The FINGER study

First study in the world to show that lifestyle interventions can prevent cognitive decline

Lifestyle changes can

prevent dementia and cognitive decline

The FINGER model is based on scientific evidence from the groundbreaking FINGER study, which showed that simultaneous lifestyle measures in five lifestyle areas can help prevent and delay the development of cognitive decline.

In short, the FINGER model is about involving all five “fingers” every day: healthy food, physical activity, mental stimulation, social activities, and monitoring of cardiovascular risk factors.

Building on the original FINGER study, research teams around the world have further tested, developed, and adapted the FINGER model in different settings.

The World-Wide FINGERS network was established in 2017 to unite these research teams and provide a platform for collaboration. The FINGERS Brain Health Institute, FBHI, is a hub and coordinating center of the network. We also drive implementation efforts to ensure scientific findings come to use for individuals and societies.

All kinds of physical activity are good for our health.

From research results to the

benefit of individuals and societies

Healthy diet

Like all our organs, our brain needs a balanced and nutritious food. The brain’s weight represents 2% of our body weight but uses 25% of our total energy.

Physical activity

Regular physical activity is essential for our health. It should consist of both cardio training and strength training activities.

Cognitive stimulation

Our brain can and should be trained throughout our lives. Education, hobbies, cognitive training and memory strategies all play an important role.

Social activities

Social activities and engagement are important for our brain health. We also need recovery and rest.

Cardiovascular risk factors

What is good for our hearts is good for our brains. Ensure to monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight.

From research results to the

benefit of individuals and societies

Healthy food

Like all our organs, our brain needs balanced and nutritious food. The brain represents 2% of our body weight but uses 25% of our total energy.

Mental stimulation

Our brain can and should be trained throughout our lives. Education, hobbies, cognitive training, and memory strategies all play important roles.

Physical activity

Regular physical activity is essential for our health. A balanced mix of  aerobic exercise and strength training is ideal.

Cardiovascular risk factors

What is good for our hearts is good for our brains. Get regular check-ups of blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glocuse, and body weight.

Social activities

Social activities do good for our brain health. We also need recovery and rest.