This article originally published on Sixty and ME
The brain is a fascinating and mysterious part of the human anatomy. There is still much we don’t know about how the brain functions in its many varied ways. We lose brain cells as we age, and the dilemma of dementia and Alzheimer’s is increasing, worldwide.
Research is of paramount importance in finding the causes of deteriorating cognitive functioning. In the meantime, we can help our brain maintain good health as we age.
Important Brain Facts
Did you know that:
Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia.
Females account for 64.5% of all dementia related deaths.
3 in 10 people over the age of 85 and almost 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 have dementia.
Unique Aspects of the brain and Their Functions
No other organ is as diverse as the brain. This single part of the body maintains our:
- Cognitive function – memory, thinking and learning.
- Motor function – balance, control of movement.
- Emotional function – negative and positive emotional responses or reactions.
- Tactile function – response to touch, pressure, pain and temperature.
Many medical conditions and lifestyle factors can affect brain health. You can help prevent or delay cognitive decline by choosing a healthy lifestyle.
Below are 3 of my favourite ways to ensure my clients get a well-rounded brain workout.