Posts on Brain Health
While it's true that Alzheimer's disease doesn't discriminate, it's also a fact that the disease affects women much more than men. According to the Alzheimer's Association, women over the age of 65 have a one-in-six chance of developing memory loss, compared to a one-in-11 chance for men of the same age. Why is it that women have a greater risk of developing the disease than men? Researchers are still looking for the answer. But here are some clues:
Feeling frazzled? Maybe you need to relax.
And no, we don't mean plopping down on the couch to binge-watch your favorite television show. Instead, think deep breathing, meditation or yoga. Research suggests that certain relaxation techniques may help your body relax and even help you manage stress. And what better time to explore them than on National Relaxation Day (Aug. 15)?
Like our bodies, our brains change with age. But just because you take slightly longer to find your keys or can’t quite recall the name of your first-grade teacher doesn’t necessarily mean you’re losing your memory. For most people, age-related brain changes are simply a normal part of the privilege of growing older.* Still, there are things you can do to nurture your noggin so it stays in its best form, however many birthdays you’ve had.
Here are ten ways to be both older and wiser:
PROMOTE BRAIN HEALTH AND CHALLENGE YOUR MIND
If you’ve ever forgotten a familiar person’s name or important items on your to-do list, why shrug it off? Medical experts recommend taking steps to improve your memory.
According to Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLS Center on Aging and author of The Memory Bible and The Memory Prescription, “the big four” in promoting the brain’s health and memory capability are: