6 Ways to Engage Your Brain

How to support your cognitive health

In 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a report on cognitive aging, with recommendations on how to stay mentally sharp. Unlike Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 10%–14% of the population, cognitive aging is a natural process affecting us all. It includes age-related memory loss, slower processing of information and difficulties making decisions.

To maintain cognitive health as you get older, the IOM recommends these tips:

  1. Stay physically active.
     
  2. Get adequate sleep.
  3. Control risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking.

  4. Discuss all your medications with your doctor. Even some over-the-counter medicines, such as antihistamines, contain ingredients that can impair your thinking and reaction time.
     
  5. Seek opportunities to learn new skills, hobbies or information.
     
  6. Stay socially engaged with other people.

Source: http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/Global/News%20Announcements/Cognitive-Aging-Press-Release.aspx