Think you’ve got nothing to look forward to as you get older? Think again! According to everydayhealthcom getting older might actually improve your health in a number of unexpected ways.
As the years fly by, it’s easy to focus on the less-than-desirable aspects of your aging physique. But did you know that, in some ways, your body actually gets better with age? In fact, doctors and researchers are discovering that the natural aging process has certifiable health benefits. The changes aren’t dramatic and they certainly won’t turn back the hands of time, but even small physiological improvements can make a big difference when it comes to feeling younger and enjoying life more.
Here’s one of real benefits you can look forward to as you grow older.
A Fitter Brain
Some memory functions, such as vocabulary and long-term memory, continually sharpen if you stay mentally active. “Memory can be trained just like muscles,” says Gary Small, M.D., author of “The Memory Bible” and director of the University of California-Los Angeles Center on Aging. “If you make the most of your memory and use it regularly, that portion of your brain can actually get better as you get older.” In fact, research shows that memory skills can be honed well into old age.
Healthy Advice To sharpen your memory, do mind-challenging activities. “Try to do a crossword puzzle every day to help build and maintain vocabulary and memory,” recommends Small. Learning a new language also can help. Research suggests that certain foods can help age-proof the brain. A 2008 British study found that eating blueberries can enhance memory and learning, and drinking apple juice may improve memory by preventing the decline of an important neurotransmitter, according to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.