Can you prevent memory loss and brain ageing?

 

Here I take a look at some of the evidence linking education and occupation with better cognitive function in older age.

 

Rich lifetime experiences like higher education or engaging in mentally challenging occupations have a major influence on how you age cognitively. This is because mentally stimulating activities help build cognitive reserve.

Cognitive reserve refers to the brain’s resilience or ability to cope despite damage or degeneration.

Professor Yaakov Stern, one of the earliest proponents of the notion, says individuals who lead mentally and physically stimulating lives have reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease because of an increased cognitive…

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