Everyone has mixed thoughts on getting older.
On one hand, aging means all sort of wonderful things: grandchildren, retirement, more time for yourself and your loved ones, more wisdom than you had in your younger years….
But then there are the not-so-wonderful things.
Wrinkles, less hair, creaky joints and possibly some health concerns.
The worst thing of all?
Losing your mind.
We all know that age has quite a debilitating effect on the brain.
As we get older, our brain cells ‘shrink’ and become less efficient at retaining information.
We find it more difficult to learn new things, or even remember what we did yesterday.
Age also makes you more susceptible to brain-wasting diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Not much fun, right?
You can beat the cognitive decline associated with aging – and you can have fun doing it!
Studies have found that there are a number of ways to halt – and possibly even REVERSE the effects that aging has on your brain.
By engaging in certain daily tasks and routines, you can sharpen your mental skills and reduce the risk factors associated with cognitive decline.
All it involves is some healthy strategies in memory training, stress management, physical conditioning, and diet.
And the sooner you start, the better.
So, let’s get onto it!
Train Your Brain
Scientists have found that those who do a variety of mental activities every day – such as playing board games, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles – showed a 63 percent LOWER risk of developing dementia than those who didn’t exercise their brains.
In fact, those taking part in these daily mental activities also showed:
- Better cognitive function
- Less risk of cognitive decline as they got older
- Less risk of developing dementia
And these improvements weren’t just noticed in older people.
Men and women in their youth or middle age who engaged in the same activities also showed positive changes in their cognitive function.
What You Need To Do:
Cross-train your brain by activating both the left and right side.
Left-side functions: Logical analysis, language, speech, reading, writing, maths and symbol recognition. Word games, crosswords.
Right-side functions: reading maps, painting, playing a musical instrument, playing board games, watching a comedy.
Do what you enjoy – you’ll be more likely to stick with them. But try to exercise BOTH sides where you can.
Cut Your Stress
Stress affects everyone differently – and we can’t always avoid it.
But you can minimize its effect on your body and mind.
Chronic physical and psychological stress increases the production of the ‘stress’ hormone cortisol.
Cortisol is in fact necessary for helping our body cope with sudden stress – but prolonged concentrations of cortisol has been shown to decrease memory performance in otherwise healthy people.
Here’s You Need To Do…