The Aging Brain: Tips to Help You Keep Your Brain Sharp

While growing older is inevitable, many of the troubles we associate with aging–including dementia, disability, and an increased dependence on others–are not. The choices we make now can help us to maintain our vitality, a sharp mind, and our independence as we age.Filled with simple, everyday actions we can take to avoid disease, promote vitality, and prevent dementia and late onset Alzheimer’s, The Aging Brain is an easy-to-use guide to maintaining brain and body health throughout our lives. Based on solid, up-to-date scientific research, the interventions explained in this book not only prevent progression toward dementia even in those who have already shown mild cognitive impairment, they also reduce disability and depression and keep people living independently longer than those who do not practice these methods.For anyone hoping to slow the aging process, as well as anyone who acts as a caregiver to someone at risk of or already beginning to suffer from dementia List Price: $ 16. The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201712/6-scientific-ways-boost-your-brain-healthFind out which mind-body practices and dietary habits boost brainpower Your brain is a complicated and dynamic structure, consisting of about 86 billion neurons or nerve cells. Each neuron is linked to thousands of other neurons, forming intricate … 6 Scientific Ways to Boost Your Brain Health

With New Year’s Day fast approaching, one small, new study suggests that seniors interested in preserving their brain health might want to add walking to the top of their resolution list. Why? A team of … A Daily Walk: Smart Move for Seniors’ Brain Health

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/an-active-social-life-may-be-a-secret-to-brain-health-20171231-h0bvmq.htmlFor nine years, experts at Northwestern University in the US have been examining “SuperAgers” – men and women older than 80 whose memories are as good as or better than people 20 to 30 years younger. Every couple of years, the group fills out surveys about their lives and gets a battery of neuropsychological tests, brain scans and a neurological examination, among other evaluations. “When we started this project, we weren’t really sure we could find these individuals,” said Emily Rogalski, an associate professor at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Centre at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. But find them they did: Thirty-one older men and women with exceptional memories, mostly from Illinois and surrounding states, are participating in the project. “Part of the goal is to characterise them – who are they, what are they like,” Rogalski said. Previous research by the Northwestern group provided tantalising clues, showing that SuperAgers have distinctive brain features: thicker cortexes, a resistance to age-related atrophy and a larger left anterior cingulate (a part of the brain important to attention and working memory). An active social life may be a secret to brain health

 

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