Brain Fitness: It’s Not Just For Seniors!

February 16, 2010 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

Relations & Generations: Image by columbine69 on Stock.Xchng Brain Fitness is a hot topic these days, and most of the attention, marketing, research, and media reports (even this blog) are understandably aimed at an older audience.

But the over-65 set aren’t the only ones who can and should benefit from brain fitness practices.  The children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren of today’s seniors can benefit from brain healthy habits and lifestyle choices, too.

While it’s never too late to start taking care of our brains, the earlier we start, the better.   Brain-healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercises, healthy sleep habits and social stimulation help at any age…  By improving the brain health of the younger generations now, we protecting their brain function in the future.

  • There’s increasing evidence that the damage of Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s may start decades before symptoms can be recognized – suggesting that a preventative approach may be helpful.
  • Experts believe that using intellectual stimulation and exercises to build a strong and varied neural network contributes to a cognitive reserve, which can help compensate for disease or injury down the road.
  • Concussions at any age are believed to up the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementias and other cognitive problems later in life.
  • Studies have suggested that blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and even body weight in middle age or earlier can help predict future problems with brain function.

In other words?

The healthier we keep our brains throughout our lives, the better our odds are of maintaining our cognitive health in our golden years.  That’s true for us, and the generations that follow us, too.

Seniors can use the information made available to them to help educate their families, and help create healthy lifestyle choices in future generations.   Brain Fitness can become a family affair, with generations taking part in exercise sessions, brain-challenging activities and games, travel to new places,  brain-friendly meals or social outings.

Later this week, I’ll detail some suggestions on  how to encourage multi-generational brain-fitness. For now, though…  have any ideas on how you can help the younger members of your family become more brain-health aware?  Please share in the comment section!

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About This Blog

A healthy mind and brain is key to a healthy, active life. Come along for the ride as we explore the basics of brain health, with topics including:
  • Physical Exercise
  • Cognitive Training
  • Stress Management
  • Social Interaction
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • A Sense of Purpose & Connection
Authored by Tori Deaux
Sponsored by Dakim Brain Fitness



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