Brain health refers to the ability to remember, learn, plan, concentrate and maintain a clear active mind. The only constant about your brain is that it is always changing, even after it reaches maturity, As we age our experiences and knowledge keep our brains working, developing and learning.
Did you know your brain weighs approximately three pounds? The brain is the most mysterious and complicated organ. From birth to age ten our brains reach 90% of their adult size. By age five cells become better at communicating with each other. Fast forward to ages 60 to 70, and knowledge, experience, reasoning, creativity and problem solving remain strong. Cognitive processing speed may take longer as parts of the brain may be shrinking.
From age 70 and beyond many individuals’ reasoning, creativity, language and procedural memories remain sharp. For some, genetics, lifestyle and health issues will begin to show noticeable effects.
The brain is like a muscle. When it’s in use, we feel good. Turns out the things you do to keep your body healthy may be good for your brain.
• Daily walks, playing with the grandkids, it doesn’t matter what physical activities as long as you’re getting your heart pumping for 30 minutes most days.
150 minutes of physical activity per week is recommended.
• Drink moderately if at all. Alcohol can slow or impair communication among your brain cells.
• Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day.
• Eat lots of veggies and fruits like strawberries, blueberries and broccoli.
• Stay connected with family and friends. Invite them over for a meal or just to visit. Seek out volunteer opportunities or attend a class at the Senior Center.
• Learn new things to engage your brain.
• Talk to your doctor at your next appointment about any questions or concerns. Ask if your medications have any side effects on your thinking and the way
the brain works.