Great news from the forefront of neuroscience: brain decline and memory loss can be prevented, and even reversed.
A gradual decline in the brain’s hardware is a normal part of the aging process. The organ shrinks, its folds become more prominent, and its blood vessels harden. But we can maintain (and in some cases, enhance) our abilities to remember information if we proactively protect our brains in other ways.
A good example is the habit of staying active and engaged. People who retire at an early age are at a higher risk for cognitive decline. To stay sharp, you have to constantly challenge your mind. That means trying things that are difficult and, more generally, living with a sense of purpose.
The future of memory loss treatment will focus more and more heavily on lifestyle strategies, daily habits, and gene therapy. Stay a step ahead with our Instaread on Keep Sharp.