As our life expectancy continues to increase, one of the biggest fears for our senior citizens is that they may physically live longer than their brain functions.
This thought is being fueled by numerous press reports about the increase in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Dementia is generally relates to loss of cognitive function. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia, but there are many others like senile (aging) dementia and dementias associated with other neurologic diseases.
The good news is that the evolving neuroscience shows that there are things we can do to preserve and even enhance our cognitive ability through the life span.
The concept of neuroplasticity shows that our brains can recover after injuries and strokes as well as, in some cases, improve brain function in the face of chronic neurologic disease.
In my book, “30 Days to a Better Brain,” I outline the mind, body and spirit approach to preserving and enhancing cognitive function as practiced at Canyon Ranch.
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