Brain Health in Your 60's
Nutrition & Aging
How can I maintain a healthy brain aging into the 60's? We may look back on our 20's and 30's as our carefree "glory days," a but a recent study conducted by the London School of Economics and Political Science on 23,000 adults betwee the ages of 18-75 gives us some encouraging data showing that psychological well-being and happiness follows a U-shaped curve, peaking at age 23 (no surprise) and then again (surprise) at age 69.
Multiple studies confirm this pattern that mental well-being indeed peaks relatively early in our lives, dips during our 30,s and 40's, and then begins a steady upward trend from our 50's onward into our 60's
So, the research suggests that if you're in your 60's' there is reason to be optimistic! With decades of life experience and accomplishments under your belt and retirement on the horizon (or already a reality), this can be your time.
HOW YOUR BRAIN CHANGES WHILE AGING INTO THE 60'S..
During your 60's, you may start to become concerned about brain health with cognitive decline, particularly if you find yourself forgetting things more often.
It's true that mild forgetfulness can occur as we age due to a slowdown in the transmission of nerve impulses between brain cells. But this forgetfulness is not necessarily inevitable or a "fait accompli," especially if we take proactive measures to support our brain health in our 60's. This is why it's important to make the health and care of your brain a priority sooner vs. later and to continue to do so as you age.
The good news is that a process called neurogenesis, or the growth of new brain cells, continues throughout your lifespan, so with the appropriate action steps your brain's capacity to learn things has the potential to remain strong. Knowing what measures should and can be taken to help support a healthy brain is the first step.
AGE WELL WITH THESE PROVEN BRAIN BOOSTERS
We can all agree that maintaining the ability to focus and stay mentally sharp as we age is of vital importance. Here are some of the fundamental action steps you can take to support your brain health in your 60's and beyond.
Eat smartly. A diet rich in whole foods is essential in supporting your brain and body health. Vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients which have powerful antioxidant properties that are effective at reducing harmful free radicals throughout the brain and body. Incorporate a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and lean proteins into your diet. If you drink alcohol, do so minimally.
Stimulate your mind. Keeping your mind engaged with stimulating activities like games, puzzles, and novel activities can keep your mind sharp over time. A trial by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that cognitive training can help seniors remain independent longer. Study participants who received cognitive training experienced less decline in the “instrumental activities of daily living" (key life tasks that people need to be able to manage to live at home independently) over a 10-year period than those who did not receive such training (controls).
Socialize. Studies show that people who maintain active social lives have a lower risk of cognitive decline. An AARP survey found that adults age 40 or older who had larger social networks reported better brain health than those with smaller social networks.
Move your body. Regular exercise can help reduce your risk of developing medical conditions associated with aging, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. It's also good for your brain. A study out of the University of British Columbia found that regular aerobic exercise significantly increased the volume of the hippocampus—the area of the brain involved in memory and thinking-in older women.
Aerobic exercise benefits the brain both directly and indirectly-directly by reducing inflammation and stimulating the release of growth factors in the brain (which impact the health of brain cells), and indirectly by improving sleep and reducing stress and anxiety, which are known contributors to cognitive decline. The verdict is in: Regular aerobic exercise benefits your brain.
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Developed by an elite team of doctors and neuroscientists, CogGevity's proprietary brain health formula contains a highly-bioavailable (meaning efficiently absorbed into the bloodstream) form of curcumin, a substance in turmeric that has been shown in studies to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.+* It also contains EPA & DHA, vital omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for the maintenance of healthy brain structure and neurotransmitter function.* The CogGevity formula was issued a patent for the synergistic blend of two of its ingredients: DHA and Fisetin (US Patent No. 9,254,280).
Learn more about the ingredients in CogGevity and their benefits.
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