A lot of people do think that you automatically get slower and lose your memory with age. But the latest research findings show how wrong that assumption is. Somewhere along the line, some of us got sucked into this incorrect way of thinking about aging.
Amazingly, new research reveals that aging alone doesn't diminish cognitive function. It actually can improve many aspects of mental ability.
But illness does count.
Retirees are twice as likely to diminish their mental capacity if they have untreated high blood pressure. When you prevent the other age-related chronic diseases, you stand a good chance of hanging on to your brain function well into your later years.
The more we engage our brains as we age, the greater our performance level stays. This shows up as a higher ratio of synapses to neurons. Effectively, our brains stay denser when we use them more.
What I've noticed over the years is that many people are still vital, engaged and enjoying their lives at ages that used to be retirement time. What's common is that all of them exercise, watched their diets and develop interesting hobbies and pastimes to challenge themselves.
The biggest enemies of your neurons are high blood pressure, especially starting in middle age, depression, extended stress, grief, alcohol and malnutrition. And when it comes to exercise, remember that beyond growth factors and the creation of new neurons and more blood flow, there's the endorphin release, which will make you feel great.
Don't buy into the myth that the golden years are not golden. All you have to do is follow the program. During this month, which is designated as Alzheimer's Awareness Month, show them that you CAN keep your brain young and prevent Alzheimer's Disease through the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer's PreventionTM - nutrition, exercise (mind and body), stress management and supplements.
So engage your brain AND your body this month and be an inspiration to those around you.