Maintaining Optimal Cognitive Function into Older Age
Cognitive decline in older age is a concern many more of us are facing these days.
It's clear that following a diet and lifestyle to help avoid conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure can play an important role in maintaining strong mental and physical functioning into later life.
Helpful lifestyle factors include:
Consuming only low to moderate amounts of alcohol.
Ensuring you get enough regular exercise.
Consuming good nutrient-rich foods in a varied diet to avoid any severe vitamin and mineral deficiencies or imbalances.
Lower levels of stress. Regular Yoga & Meditation practice have long been shown to offer huge benefits in reducing stress and cortisol levels and aid deeper relaxation and effective cognitive functioning.
Staying hydrated - aiming for 2 litres of water a day.
Keeping mentally active - completing puzzles, learning a language, reading, writing, playing a musical instrument, learning something new.
Being engaged socially - joining and participating in local clubs, sharing activities and maintaining social support networks. Perhaps joining a yoga class, study group, reading meet-ups, knitting club, chess club, etc.
Eating plenty of good fats - eg. avocado, nuts.
Regular physical activity, particularly exercise that involves mind-body connection and co-ordination skills, like yoga, pilates, tai-chi, golf, dance, tennis, etc.
Keeping up with hobbies and interests; gardening, seeing friends, attending a group class, arts and crafts, reading, cooking, etc.
Ensuring you get plenty of good adequate rest and enough deep sleep.