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1, Apr 7, 2011

“Hold on to the best parts of our youth as the years go by”

Filed under: Brain — admin @ 12:18 am

On 10/13/2010, I read this article on yahoo site, written by Jessica Ashley. The message is loud and clear — to improve your daily intellectual performance and reduce the risk for dementia in years to come, you need to get started right away and develop good brain habits now. Here are these good habits.

1. The key is learning something totally new. Acquiring new skills as we age will help keep us youthful. “Utilizing previously unused areas of the brain as one ages can help slow down, stop, and reverse some signs of brain aging,” e.g. learning a new language, taking music lessons to play a new instrument.

2. Work your body. Data strongly suggests that regular aerobic activity improves human brain power immediately and could protect us from major memory impairment in the long term. Even walking for 45 minutes a few times a week can make a difference.

3. Feed your body, but only until it is 80 percent full. Whether you want to recapture or hang on to your youthfulness, you’re going to have to pay more attention to the food and drink you put into your body. Eating 20% less at meals. Avoid meat and processed food, consume more vegetables.

4. De-stress, and soon. Stress-free is a must if you want to live a longer and healthy life.

5. Keep playing the classic games, just do them faster. Our intellectual skills change as we age, but our deductive reasoning and our base of knowledge improve. The changes and the challenge are that our attention, processing speed, short-term memory, and cognitive flexibility often slow. Regularly exercising mental muscles can help us stay healthier over time. Work on games that challenge our memory. Time yourself with the goal of getting faster each time.

6. Be social, but choose your friends wisely. Many studies have suggested that “being socially isolated has health risks on par with those of cigarette smoking.” It is equally important that you choose “the right tribe” to spend time with people. “…If you dine with people who eat healthy food, you’re more likely to eat healthy food, if the friends you spend most time with play a sport, you’re more likely to join them.”

7. Take control of your life by taking control of your clutter. That is, “the physical, emotional, and cognitive toll possessions can have on older people” To be sure, it is a mental, emotional and physical challenge to de-clutter ourselves from years of accumulation. However, “if we take control of the possessions we keep and validate what the stuff we discard meant about who we once were, we will be better prepared to move forward into the next chapter of our lives.”

I have shared these with my relatives in China and wait for great results.

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