Did you know that cognitive decline (⬇️memory, ⬇️processing speed, ⬇️conceptual reasoning), as we age, is NOT inevitable?
But it’s a common fear (if not a belief) that it is, right? Especially given that Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia & is currently expected to increase to almost 900,000 by the year 2050. ‼️900,000 people a year‼️
We sure do need a medical breakthrough before then don’t we? 🗝
In the meantime there is plenty you can do to minimise the chances of it being YOU.
Thanks to the science of Neuroplasticity we know that the adult brain is capable of forming new memory-building neural networks, and has an inbuilt ability to adapt to, and benefit from new experiences.
We CAN potentially reduce the risk and delay onset of cognitive decline and dementia through a variety of modifiable lifestyle and health factors 🔘 DAILY PHYSICAL EXERCISE, research indicates this to be the single most important factor to reduce memory loss and one that has a cumulative benefit over time (so its never too early to start or too late to make up for lost time), 🔘SOCIAL INTERACTION & connectedness (loneliness is an insidious risk factor for death), 🔘Exposure to a variety of COMPLEX MENTAL ACTIVITIES (learning a new skill or language, studying a new course, undertaking an exciting new adventure, brain training programs, new work projects & challenges that require solving (but not too stressful!),🔘Consistent SLEEP routine (this is a restorative brain process that should never be underestimated!).
Other factors of major importance are nutrition, hydration, maintaining heart health, eliminating any kind of substance dependence (alcohol, cigarettes, prescription meds) AND
reducing stress (mindfulness, meditation, yoga). 🗝
Are you willing to implement all the key strategies to preserve your cognitive functioning, or at least delay the onset of decline, during the midlife years and beyond?
I sure am, no hesitation!
If we don’t succeed at least our loved ones will know that we gave it our best shot.
📷: Another pic from my personal collection of sunset walks. This one taken at #SeacliffBeach #nofilter #walkingthetalk