Losing some cognitive abilities is a normal part of aging. In fact, an MIT study shows that our memory peaks a lot sooner than we might think. For example, our fluid intelligence may peak in our 20s, while the ability to recognize faces starts to slowly decline as we reach 30. However, although these findings may sound concerning, there are some ways to keep your brain sharp even as you reach late adulthood.
Learn New Things
One of the best ways to keep your brain sharp is to constantly stimulate it with new knowledge and skills. An article published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry shows that our episodic memory can significantly improve with constant engaging in cognitive activities. This is especially true for people with lower education levels.
So, start playing puzzles or pick up a new hobby to keep your mind active.
Manage Your Stress
Constant stressing about everyday problems not only waists your time and energy, but it can also damage your brain health. According to Psychology Today, chronic stress can make it harder for us to learn new skills and take in information because it can damage our neural connections.
If you feel like your cognitive decline is inevitable, you may actually be more likely to experience it. According to a 2015 study, people who were presented with positive, encouraging messages about memory performed better on memory tasks than the group who was presented with negative messages. Try to stay positive about your aging and don’t consider cognitive decline unavoidable.
So, there you go – the best ways to keep your brain sharp. In short, stay active and be positive about your aging and you’re already one step closer to having an active, healthy brain as you reach your late adulthood.