Experts talk about 6 simple habits that keep your mind sharp after 50

By SSPDaily editionMar 12, 2024 21:03 PMHealth
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6 simple habits that keep your mind sharp
6 simple habits that keep your mind sharp. Source: www.health.harvard.edu

Scientists from the University of Exeter and King's College London have found that during the pandemic, memory and cognitive functions, including the ability to make independent decisions, have deteriorated significantly in people over 50. This study has led to a number of questions, including the main one - whether humanity is facing a dementia epidemic in the near future.

After that, MailOnline writes, several well-known scientists explained whether people can do something to help them maintain cognitive functions and memory after the age of 50. Here's what the experts advised. SSPDaily tells about it.

Don't stop learning

Dr. Anthony Thompson, program director of the PhD in Psychology at Arden University, said: "There's a perception that once you reach a certain age, it's too late to learn something new. This is not true. In fact, lifelong learning, along with formal education and literacy, is an important factor in determining our health and safety as we grow older."

Stay active

Try to get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise.

Dr. Adam Moreton, consultant in elderly psychiatry at Pall Mall Medical, said: "I don't recommend marathon running all at once, but I do advise finding a way to gradually increase your activity level."

Get enough sleep

Good quality sleep is essential for consolidating memory and cognitive function, so aim for 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.

Dr. Moreton explained: "Some people can get by with less, but you should feel refreshed in the morning, and if you don't, think about the reason, who or what is keeping you awake."

Watch your diet and alcohol consumption

The food and drink we consume is an important factor in maintaining brain health.

Dr. Moreton explained: "A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins is good for brain function."

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and nuts can also be beneficial. It's not about denying yourself pleasure, that's important too, but what you eat is essentially fuel for your body and brain.

He also added: "Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. But excessive alcohol consumption and smoking harm cognitive function. Even if you can't give up cigarettes and alcohol completely, any reduction in their amount will be beneficial."

Relax

Dr. Moreton noted that chronic stress affects cognitive function. He added: "Practices such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga can significantly reduce stress."

Avoid loneliness

According to experts, there is a strong link between loneliness, social isolation and poor physical and mental health, including cognitive decline.

Dr. Moreton said: "Maintaining social connections and being mentally active, through socializing and social activities, promotes cognitive health and prevents dementia."

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