I missed a talk at Stanford on Dementia & The Brain,
but was fortunate enough to get a copy of the presentation slides.
The topic of taking care of your body is VERY important to me.
ESPECIALLY when it pertains to aging.
Whether you read this for yourself or for someone else in your life that you care about, I would really appreciate your few minutes to consider these few slides I picked out from the presentation.
Recall declines over the years if you are not pro-active about maintaining mental agility.
I believe physical sharpness complements and improves mental sharpness. REGARDLESS OF AGE.
A study where high physical activity reduced cognitive impairment by 42%.
My question for you: what is “physical sharpness”?
What is “mental sharpness”?
How are they related?
The following slide provides some good examples of how to maintain cognitive activity and mental agility. There are so many options – it should be easy to find a few you enjoy:
Crossword puzzles, Scrabble, essay writing, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, logic puzzles, Scattergories, Boggle!
If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading.
My last piece I’d like to add is the word STRESS.
We often think we’re taking good care of ourselves…
by getting enough sleep
or by eating consciously
or by getting exercise
or by maintaining healthy relationships.
It’s important to remember that it is the BALANCE of all these stresses that keeps us healthy.
For college kids, it’s often sleep that we put on the backburner.
For those in the workforce, it’s often exercise. Or food.
For parents, sometimes we forget that emotional factors like worrying stress our body to the point it effects our immune systems, which shuts down the body’s functions on so many other levels.
For anyone over the age of 25, I’d say we often forget to be pro-active about continually learning to keep our minds sharp.
If you let one piece fall behind (sleep exercise food emotional stress etc)… your body is left susceptible to short-term sicknesses and more serious illnesses down the line.
It seems so obvious, and yet all of us – myself included – need the reminder from time to time.
Unfortunately (truthfully, honestly)… others can only provide you with information and resources. The real self-assessment and motivation must come from you.