Anti aging guide

Exercising the Brain to Fight Aging

 

 

The brain could be improved when exercising it regularly

Fortunately, our ability to make logical decisions and to assimilate general knowledge is preserved throughout life. In solving mental problems, the correct result can be reached by both young and old individuals, but older people take more time. This need not be a disadvantage – in many areas of life wisdom and experience win out over quickness of thinking.

A small mental decline may start from the age of 20 or 30. The rate of loss and the rate of change are not the same for everybody but vary, depending partly on genetics but mostly on external stimulation. Various components of the brain age more slowly than others. As a result, certain parts of memory may be affected early whereas others may continue functioning brilliantly. A very small loss of age-related memory is sometimes referred to as ‘benign senescence forgetfulness’, which is an almost normal event in aging.

Young people use their memory in a particular way which may not be suitable for older people. Older people need to exercise different parts of their brain which still function properly if they want to keep up. Many people are not aware of this and fail to use memory training frequently enough. Yet if they don’t exercise their brain, their memory may worsen, and this will make them more worried and even less likely to exercise. This is a catch-22 situation. If you are in this situation, get out as quickly as possible. Learn about your brain and use this knowledge to support your memory. Help your brain learn about itself.

Poor diet, boredom, depression, anxiety and lack of physical exercise can make memory worse. Flagging memory can also be due to diseases, vitamin deficiencies, too much alcohol, thyroid problems and drugs. If you are worried about your memory it is best to see your doctor as soon as possible to prevent any problems in the future. It may not be ‘just old age’ causing your memory to fail.

Checking Your Memory

Answer ‘True’ or ‘False’:

  1. I frequently keep forgetting what I am supposed to be doing.
  2. I find it difficult to learn new things.
  3. Concentrating for a few minutes on a particular task becomes more and more difficult.
  4. I feel mentally exhausted at the end of the day.
  5. I use ‘er’ and ‘um’ very frequently when speaking.
  6. I frequently can’t put my brain into action.
  7. Sometimes I lose track of time.
  8. I frequently forget people’s names, even those well known to me.
  9. I am frequently unable to recognize a person known to me if I meet them in an unfamiliar setting.

Award yourself no points for every ‘False’ answer and one point for every ‘True’ answer.

Score:

0-1 Your memory is, in general still healthy.

2 and above. Your memory is running low. More problems are likely in the future unless you do something about it now. Think, contemplate, meditate. In earnest.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 4, 2012 at 7:48 pm