Use It or Lose It
The majority of people believe that people lose memory when they age. This is not true. Many studies show that the brain continually rewires and adapts, even in the elderly. The brain is just like a muscle. If we don't use it, we lose it. The more the brain is used, the better it gets. Aging doesn't always hurt memory. Mental tests given for 10 years to about 6,000 older people found that 70% of them maintained brain power as they aged. Some people's memory gets worse with age, not because of aging, but only because it is allowed to. The following are some possible factors affecting memory for people of all ages:
Physical health is important to the brain because the brain needs lots of oxygen. Exercising and eating right helps the brain. The brain also needs stimulation. Nerve cells will grow or die based on exposure to intellectual activity. According to a study conducted by Dr. Robert Friedland from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the findings showed that people who were less mentally and physically active in middle age were three times more likely to get Alzheimer's as they aged.
Dr. Friedland recorded 26 activities and found that television watching didn't show to be protective against Alzheimer's disease. The following are some intellectual activities that would be protective if engaged in regularly:
No doubt, mental activities can help increase neuronal connections and activate a host of processes that keep the neurons and their connections alive and well.