As the Baby Boom generation (my generation) gets older, many want to know what they can do to stay younger longer and what best to do to stay healthy.
Of particular interest to us boomers is how to keep our brain healthy and functioning well. Nobody wants to “lose” their memory, mind and mental function.
Most boomers are motivated to do what it takes to keep their independence, both physically and mentally, as long as they can.
For years, science has maintained physical and mental exercise are the most effective tools we have to prevent age related decline.
And once again, this statement has been confirmed through research.
Two studies outline the importance of physical movement (aka – exercise) and mental exercise as we age.
The Most Effective Way to Protect an Aging BrainReviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD
Scientists have a message for anyone who’s worried about memory loss — move, a lot.
Researchers have known for some time that exercise is good for aging brains. The latest studies, though, are adding some finer points to that message: While exercise appears to work best before memory fades, it also benefits people who’ve already gotten dementia. And it seems to help not just with Alzheimer’s disease, but also with vascular dementia, a kind of memory loss that’s caused by “silent” strokes in the brain.”
Another study, recently published on Fox News, reveals how lifestyle changes may hold the key to age related memory loss.
Lifestyle changes may guard aging brain against memory loss
The latest Alzheimer’s research has a clear theme: Change your lifestyle to protect your brain.
It will take several years for scientists to prove whether some experimental drugs could at least delay Alzheimer’s disease, and an aging population is at risk now.
Whatever happens on the drug front, there are generally healthy everyday steps people can take – from better sleep to handling stress to hitting the books – that research suggests just might lower the risk of Alzheimer’s. Go to www.foxnews.com to read the full story.
Amazing, isn’t it?
Turns out, exercise is not only good for a healthy heart and slender waistline, but also for a healthy brain. No matter what, you just can’t go wrong with exercise.
So what are you waiting for? Get moving!
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