You can delay the onset of dementia or even ward it off. Warding off dementia is a compelling reason to establish an active ageing agenda.
Knowing what is cognitive reserve is a good start point to gaining an understanding of what we need to do and why it is so important.
Here’s what made a big impact on me.
Research studies showed that many people live without any evidence of mental degradation yet after death their brain shows advanced incidences of dementia.
This led to the astonishing understanding that for such people their brain has found alternate ways of cognitive functioning to overcome declining capabilities. Researchers called this process building cognitive reserve. While cognitive functioning i.e. the ability to perform the various mental activities associated with learning and problem solving such as memory, learning new things, speech, the ability to read and understand, etc. diminishes with age, the researchers of Harvard Medical School said that building a cognitive reserve can help cope with this decline.
Our ability to cope with our brain’s declining capabilities depends on our cognitive reserve. We can continue to enhance our cognitive reserve and buffer memory loss and thinking by challenging your brain to learn new skills and adopting the right lifestyle.
Cognitive reserve can be built with a comprehensive programme that includes the right type and quantity of physical activity, a proper diet, adequate sleep, social and mental activity, and new learning experiences.
This is collaborated by the WHO fact sheet which says, “Studies show that people can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, Additional risk factors include depression, low educational attainment, social isolation, and cognitive inactivity.”
Warding off dementia is a compelling reason to establish an active ageing agenda, a must if you wish to lead an active and fulfilling life till your last days.
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