Aging and Staying Mentally Active

Aging and Maintaining Mental Activity:

Studies indicate that memory and thinking skills decline can be an indicator of Alzheimer’s disease or another chronic illness, and can also be side effects from medications or conditions like high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to studies. A person can help prevent or delay this process by following healthy lifestyle practices such as regular physical exercise.

Increased oxygen flow to the brain and reduced stress through regular physical exercise are both key elements in supporting cognitive health. Exercise also helps manage cardiovascular risk factors that impact cognitive wellbeing such as high blood pressure and atherosclerosis; aim for 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours) of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of high intensity physical activity per week as a minimum target.

Eating Healthily. For optimal health, choose a balanced diet which includes whole grains, fruit and vegetables and lean protein sources such as lean beef. Be wary of overeating saturated fat and limit how often processed food products enter your system.

Learning new things. Research indicates that learning new skills can help keep the mind sharp, slowing or even reversing age-related mental decline. There’s never too late to begin!

Socializing. Building a network of support as you age is essential for maintaining mental and overall wellbeing, such as joining clubs or volunteering within the community. Staying engaged with family and friends – particularly if living alone – is also crucial – studies have linked isolation with mental atrophy; so make an effort to connect with other people!