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Losing muscle over time is one of the visible signs of ageing but there may be other signs of getting older that are not as obvious. Your brain's cognitive reserve also diminishes over time .... BUT initially there may be no visible signs of a slowing memory or memory loss.
Your brain's ability to withstand neurological damage due to aging and other factors lessens throughout the years, which can make it more difficult to perform mental tasks. But just like working out with weights to help retain more muscle in your later years, researchers now believe that following a brain-healthy lifestyle and performing regular, targeted brain exercises can also increase your brain's ability to function.
Keep Your Brain Healthy and Fit
On top of a healthy diet and regular exercise, there are ways to give your brain its own workout routine — without emptying your wallet. Although brain training software is everywhere these days, it has yet to show any significant neurological benefits for older adults. In a review published in PLOS Medicine, researchers looked at 52 different studies on computerized cognitive training on a total 4,885 participants and found that the games are not particularly effective in improving brain performance.
Experts recommend sticking to brain training that involves real-world activities. Exercises to strengthen brain function should offer novelty and challenge. Things that you might think are really silly can actually work well to challenge your brain such as driving home via a different route or brushing your teeth with your opposite hand. The brain works through associations, which is why it's easier to memorize lyrics to a song than it is to try and remember the same words without music, so the more senses you involve the better.
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