Is this the REAL secret to stopping dementia?
Fifteen years ago today, the world changed forever.
But on this day, we don’t remember the hate-filled terrorists who killed thousands on Sept. 11, 2001. We remember the brave men and women who sacrificed themselves to save others – a testament to our strength, compassion, and selflessness.
As long as we have those, the terrorists will never win.
It sure is hard to believe it’s been 15 years already. We’re all a little older… a little slower… and a little grayer.
But the old cliché is true: You’re only as old as you feel, because the latest research shows how attitude is everything when it comes to brain health.
It turns out that the older you feel, the more rapidly your brain will age… while feeling younger will keep it sharper, longer.
The study of 5,748 seniors looked at seniors between the ages of 65 and 98 – at least on paper.
They were also asked how old they FELT, and gave ages all over the place. Some felt older, some felt younger, and some felt right about what they were.
Then, they were given cognitive tests.
None of them had problems at the start of the study, which ran between two and four years.
But that sure changed in a hurry.
Folks who felt older than their true age were 18 percent more likely to slip into cognitive decline than seniors who felt younger.
Even worse, the ones who felt older were 29 percent more likely to develop full-blown dementia.
It’s not attitude alone, of course. Feeling older also makes you ACT older – and in the study, the seniors who felt like they were beyond their years acted the part.
They were less likely to get out and get active despite the fact that just a little movement each day can help fight or prevent dementia and other diseases, including heart disease.
Regular activity – even simple stuff like walking and bicycling – is so important that a second new study finds it can cut your risk of dementia in half!
What makes this study so remarkable is that it didn’t just find a link between activity and risk.
It went further and involved imaging tests so researchers could actually SEE the effects of exercise on the aging brain.
They found that seniors who get even moderate levels of activity have bigger brains with more volume – while folks who get less have, well, more empty space between their ears.
Exercise seems to slow the “brain shrink” that comes with age, which in turn allows your noggin to grow more of the neurons that power your thoughts, memory and cognition.
It’s as if exercise makes your brain young.
See how this comes full circle? If you FEEL young, you’ll be more likely to ACT young. And if you ACT young by getting more activity, your brain will STAY young, too.