Have you ever heard an older person complain that they’re “losing their marbles”?
Or, when they can’t find their keys, they say, “Oh, I must be getting old!”
If there’s one thing that everyone believes about old age, it’s that your brain doesn’t work so well anymore.
Okay, sure: age does change the way your body works.
You’ll become slower, less agile, and you might prefer quiet nights in as opposed to partying around the clock.
But you don’t have to lose your brain.
New research is showing that the aging process doesn’t necessarily destroy your ability to think and learn.
In fact, you may even be able to reverse cognitive decline.
Wouldn’t it be great to still be “sharp as a tack” well into your 70s, 80s or even older?
To read to your grandchildren, win card games, and enjoy films and books?
After all, your older years should be enjoyed!
Well, it’s entirely possible.
All it takes is a few simple daily routines.
Although researchers are not sure exactly what causes Alzheimer’s, they do know one thing: lifestyle is a major factor.
A number of drugs have been developed to slow the progression of the disease.
However, there is still no ‘cure’ for Alzheimer’s.
Instead, researchers have found that the trick to beating Alzheimer’s is not in treating it with medicines – but PREVENTING it.
And the best way to do that is to keep your brain active.
You may not be aware of it, but as you age, your brain cells “shrink.”
This shrinking process can cause you to lose up to 0.4% of your brain mass every year!
It’s also a major cause of cognitive decline that can predispose you to age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Those with higher rates of brain shrinkage are more likely to suffer from dementia, stroke and other disorders.
But there is a way to prevent brain shrinkage.
Mental activity – and lots of it.
Studies of different populations and age groups have found the more ‘work’ your brain does throughout life, the less likely you are to end up with dementia.
One study showed that the risk of Alzheimer disease is 2-4 times higher in those with fewer years of education compared with those who have more years of education.
It’s also been found that those who regularly engage in mentally-stimulating activities have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.
And just to really hammer it in, it’s been found that older people who take part in intellectually challenging activities every day show a significantly less cognitive decline over time in random cognitive tests.
The healthier and more active your brain, the less cognitive decline.
By keeping your mind stimulated with physical AND mental activity, you can retain your cognitive abilities to near maximum capacity – well into your twilight years.
That’s because an active brain will continue to repair cell damage and form new neural networks even as your body gets older.
It’s may even be possible to improve your mental performance AFTER the age of 50!
That’s what scientists mean when they say, “Use it or lose it!”
And we’re going to tell you exactly how to USE IT.