Ask anyone who’s ever forgotten the name of a longtime co-worker,or had to re-read a paragraph 3 times before absorbing its content,
When the mental strength and agility of youth start to slip, the wisdom of age tells you something.You want it back.
If a method of preserving or restoring youthful mental vigor were safe, inexpensive, and as simple and diverting as playing a video game
for a short while each day, wisdom would tell us to do it.
That calculation is why mental fitness programs have become the latest frontier in the nation’s quest to age without conceding to infirmity.
Regular Exercise Helps The Brain by improving concentration and attention.
Brain imaging studies show that highly-fit older adults have faster reaction times—an indication of better concentration—than their less-fit counterparts. They also are better able to focus on relevant information and ignore irrelevant cues, indicating better attention.
Highly fit individuals also show less of a decrease in gray matter in the cortex than is normally seen with aging,which may suggest a protective effect of exercise against nerve cell death. This effect is most pronounced in areas of the brain involved in executive cognition that typically decline most with aging.
When people think about staying fit, they generally think from the neck down,and while physical exercise is important to whole body function,the health
of your brain plays a critical role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling, remembering, working, and playing – even sleeping.
We now know there’s a lot you can do to help keep your brain healthier as you age. These steps might also reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
Simple lifestyle modifications also would have an enormous impact on our nation’s public health and the cost of health care.
If you make brain-healthy lifestyle changes and take action by getting involved, we could realize a future without Alzheimer’s disease,or other forms of dementia.
The Good News!
Reseachers have found destinct evidence that has revealed that the brain is capable of producing new brain cells for the purpose of maintaining established connections pathways necessary for long-term memories as well as enabling the acquisition of new memories.
Finding that the Brain Can Produce New Brain Cells was nothing short of revolutionary.
It transformed the way neuroscientists think about the aging brain and memory.
If the brain is able to generate new brain cells,
there’s hope that one day it may be possible to offset the damage and severe memory loss of dementia and that brought on by degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Exercising the Brain. People who keep their brains active by reading or doing jigsaw puzzles, word games or chess are less likely to have Alzheimer’s disease.
“We found that frequency of cognitive activity, but not of physical activity, was associated with risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease
and the rate of cognitive decline. We found that compared to persons with infrequent cognitive activity, risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease was reduced by about 50%
in people who were frequently cognitively active,” said Robert Wilson, Ph.D.
Wilson, RS et al. Neurology, Nov 2007; 69: 1911-1920.
So for a healthy better brain..eat healthy,get some physical exercise every day,and don’t neglect to exercise the brain as well!
Brain games are fun,challenging and most importantly promote new pathways within the brain that can lead us to better brain health.
To better minds everywhere!