Did you know the number one health concern today isn’t cancer, diabetes or heart disease? The number one concern on our planet is losing brain function as we age: being diagnosed with some form of dementia or cognitive decline. But the good news is we can take simple measures to maintain or even improve brain function.
Nutrition, stress, environment, physical activity and relationships all play a key role in healthy ageing. There is now overwhelming evidence that lifestyle factors linked to brain health are also linked to risks related to cardiovascular disease. In fact, the more we move the better our brain functions. So it seems to be true that ‘what is good for the heart is also good for the head’.
The main factors required for healthy bodies and brains as we age are:
- A Healthy Lifestyle - this is the first step in maintaining cognitive function.
- Brain training gamescan improve specific cognitive function, but research hows they do little for unchallenged functions.
- Aerobic exercisehas been shown to have a significant impact on cognition as we age. In fact, the more we move the better our brain functions.
- Reduced stress – mindfulness & yoga programs can greatly impact our ability to cope with stress.
- One of the best things we can do is participate in programs that combine exercise & cognitive challenges such as dance, tai chi and Ageless Grace which all keep the body and brain engaged through constant planning, adjusting and responding to movements.
Latest research in the area of neuroscience is proving the “use it or lose it” theory. And it’s never too late to start.
Author: Vicki Doolan