As we age, we start to notice little lapses in concentration, memory, and movement. We worry about dementia, Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disease stealing our memories from us. Older people are most susceptible to symptoms of dementia, depression, and anxiety. The good news is cognitive deficits can be prevented or alleviated by exercising our brains the way we exercise our bodies.
Neuroplasticity–or the brain’s power to make new connections when we learn something new–helps keep our brains sharp and preserve memories as we age. Challenging your brain with new information or new tasks has been shown to improve neuroplasticity.
How well we take care of ourselves physically. Exercise increases oxygen to our cells, which in turn nourishes the brain and increases connections between brain cells.
When you’re looking for ways to keep your brain active, you want to look for new and novel things. This gives your brain the chance to form new neural connections and strengthen existing connections. Strong neural bonds increase the chance of a strong and healthy brain no matter your age.
If you’re not sure what brain activities are best to keep your brain strong and healthy, check out our favorite tips below:
We’ve all heard the advice that we need to work out daily for good health. Now, science is figuring out that our brains need to be worked out too. If we take care of our brains as we take care of our bodies, our risk of dementia and other cognitive decline decreases significantly. According to a study published in International Psychogeriatrics in 2016, doing these types of activities will help to increase processing speed, planning, reaction time and memory. It’s also important to build up cognitive reserve as we age. It doesn’t have to be hard—and it can be fun if you choose activities that you enjoy. The important thing is to do something good for your brain every day.
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