Memory loss, is the second most feared health concern of Australians according the 2016 Facing the Health of Australians report.
So, when I saw this article from a British research team it prompted me to reflect on our work together and our previous Monday Memory Health Tips.
Let me start by asking you this……
Do you think that lifestyle and genetics are equally important influences on how your thinking skills — including your memory — change as you age? By that I mean, do you think it’s a 50:50 split in how they influence your cognitive fitness?
If you said “ Yes, David that sounds about right” you’re not alone and that was the finding form a large (3000 participant) UK study published this week in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
The study “What Keeps You Sharp” was considered to be a pulse reading of UK citizens belief of brain health and ageing. Interestingly
What’s good about this is that people appear to have a growth mindset when it comes to their brain health.
Furthermore the study found
It appears to lead researcher Dr Gow, the reason for this observation is that memory is so central to being able to do the things we want to do such as looking after ourselves and living independently, continuing to have a good quality of life and keeping our social connections.
Now, I know this all comes to you as no surprise given what you’ve learned so far. Coming full circle to my earlier question
Do you think that lifestyle and genetics are equally important influences on how your thinking skills — including your memory — change as you age?
Our lifestyle and our environment and how our genes interact with these two factors is now considered it to account for 75% of the changes to our brains performance according to research.
So it’s the “outside of me” factors which have the biggest impact on our brain and memory health.
Here’s a quick summary of the often talked about lifestyle factors
An extension to the classic lifestyle list can also include
Here’s an article which can go further on this topic: 5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Brain Health
Your home environment, your community, your living conditions may expose you to helpful or harmful factors such as
Being aware of this and knowing all this, hopefully, should edge us towards doing what’s best for our brain. No doubt, being brain and memory health smart is where it is at to taking control of your cognitive fitness.
It’s important to remember that memory decline isn’t an inevitable part of ageing. Memory changes could be linked to dementia or other conditions. If you or anyone else has concerns about their memory or thinking skills, then we would urge them to consider a memory health check up or to see their GP.
If you’re interested in taking smart actions to improve your brain and memory health and reduce your risk for cognitive decline- call today 1300 783 200 to find out more or schedule your Memory Health Check Up.
Understanding your current Memory Health situation means
Call 1300 783 200 to schedule your initial memory health check up at the Memory Health Clinic.
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry: www.ajgponline.org/article/S1064-7481(18)30276-8/fulltext
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