Boosting Brain Power

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

I read an article recently in a well known newspaper about the potential "astronomical" increase in Alzheimer's in the upcoming years due to baby boomers, and the toll it will take on society. The reaction the article received ranged from outrage, to disbelief and most disturbingly, resignation. However, there are things to be done to lessen the burden of dementia on society and families. "Brain Fitness" is a combination of methods and lifestyle factors that can revitalize the brain and add many years of active functioning in later life. This is not wishful thinking, but is based on recent research that shows the brain to be more resilient than we ever thought and capable of getting better and stronger through and beyond middle age. In fact, just days ago, the New York Times reported on a series of findings from reputable scientists on how to age with an active brain. They say brain function can be improved at any time and the best way to keep an old brain in tune is by continually exposing ourselves to novel ideas and experiences, “to move beyond stuff we know and challenge our perception of the world.” So learn a new language, try a new sport and play new games. To learn more about keeping your brain healthy, read this.