Every brain changes with age, and mental function changes along with it. Mental decline is common, and it's one of the most feared consequences of aging. But cognitive impairment is not inevitable. Here are 12 ways you can help reduce your risk of age-related memory loss. Here are three ways you can reduce rate of decline:
- Get mental stimulation - We often look forward to our Golden age - the age we retire and life can be less stressful. However, think the opposite! Through research with mice and humans, doctors conclude that brainy activities stimulate new connections between nerve cells and may even help the brain generate new cells, developing neurological "plasticity" and building up a functional reserve that provides a hedge against future cell loss.
- Get physical exercise - Exercise is often thought of as a means to an end and an aesthetically pleasing end at that. While we encourage exercise for the mental benefits, the positive impact that movement can have on the brain is just another case in point for our argument
- Improve your diet - Watch your calories, eat the right foods and remember your B's. The tthree B vitamins, folic acid, B6, and B12, can help lower your homocysteine levels, high levels of which have been linked to an increased risk of dementia.