How to Protect Your Brain as You Age

Oct 21, 2016

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Time marches on and, whether we like it or not, we age.
With age comes a decline in both physical abilities and mental acuity. Memory and cognition peak in our early twenties, then we begin a slow, steady decline of those functions as we approach our senior years. 

This week on "Two Guys on Your Head," Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke join host Rebecca McInroy to discuss how physical and mental stimuli can help combat the signs and symptoms of old age, stave off memory loss and help you be at your best well into your golden years.

In many cases, most bodily functions, including brain function, reach the average limit of their operation after the age of 80. So what can we do to preserve our brains for as long as possible?

You know what they say: Use it or lose it. The more you think now, the more you will be able to think later, as you age. Interactive and intellectually rewarding activities – like having a good conversation or reading a good book – are not only enjoyable; they’re also good for your brain.  

So, the next time your lost in a good conversation, you've got an excuse: You were exercising your brain. And by the same token, physical activity and fitness help preserve brain function. After all, your brain is a part of your body – so you have to take care of your body to take care of your brain.

You're only as old as you feel. Continued physical and mental activity protects you as you age and helps you live longer.