Brain Health & Cognitive Aging

It’s a fact: your brain ages just like the rest of your body. But the good news is, growing evidence shows that making behavioral and lifestyle changes can help you maintain your brain health and cognition later in life.

What is Brain Health?

Brain health refers to how well your brain functions across several areas.
Aspects of brain health include:
  • Cognitive Health
    How well you think, learn, and remember.
  • Motor Function
    How well you make and control your movements, including balance.
  • Emotional Function
    How well you interpret and respond to emotions – both pleasant and unpleasant.
  • Tactile Function
    How well you feel and respond to sensations of touch, including pleasure, pain and temperature.
Adopting a combination of healthy behaviors, which have also been shown to reduce cancer, diabetes and heart disease, will help you achieve maximum benefits for both your brain and body. And the good news is, it’s never too late to adopt healthy habits.

What is Cognitive Aging?

Our brains age at different rates and in different ways. Cognitive aging is a natural process that can have positive and negative effects, which vary widely from person to person.
Cognitive aging is not a disease. The brain changes associated with aging are part of a natural process that starts at birth and continues throughout the lifespan. Things like our wisdom, expertise and vocabulary increase with age. Other abilities like processing speed, decision-making and some types of memory may decline with age.
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The way your brain changes with age is part of a natural process that starts at birth and continues throughout the lifespan. While you can't prevent your brain from aging, there are steps you can take to optimize your brain and cognitive health.
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