As we age it is naturally assumed that our brain slows down, we are not able to remember or process information as well as before. While this does occur with age, there are many things that can be done to slow this process down. Activities such as frequent naps and routine exercise can improve brain function, lock short-term memories into long-term storage, and prevent cognitive decline. Other options to help your brain stay sharp like, eating well, avoiding multitasking, and allowing your brain to struggle instead of immediately running to Google are all small things we can do in our lives to preserve our most valuable asset.
- According to aging specialist Joel Kramer, our cognitive skills start to slowly decline after age 30.
- Challenge yourself by trying to remember things rather than just resorting to Google.
- Sleep is a great way to recharge your brain and help to maintain your cognitive fitness.
“Before you start Googling “signs of dementia,” rest assured that some changes in memory and cognition are a normal part of the aging process, especially if they manifest as trouble finding words or momentary lapses in attention (Why did I walk into the kitchen?).”