Executives, financial traders, professional athletes, and other similar professionals – all have demanding jobs that are impacted to a high degree by their mental acuity. It is well known that you can prevent the decline of brain function as we age – and optimize brain function with the right lifestyle decisions, therapies, and techniques.
Brain Changes As We Age
As we get older, changes occur in all parts of our body, including the brain. In fact, significant microstructural changes occur in the brain from early to mid-adulthood, in addition to the more profound changes that occur for many later in life.
- In our late twenties: We begin to lose neurons – the cells that are the primary components of our brain and nervous system. In fact, some people experience slight memory lapses in their 20’s without giving it a second thought.
- In our mid-forties to late-fifties: Our reasoning skills begin to slow.
- Starting in our sixties: Parts of our brain literally begin to shrink, particularly those important to learning and other complex mental activities. This is a common and natural process that happens to everyone.
These brain changes are not the same for everyone, however. Some studies show that one-third of older people struggle with memories of facts or events; other studies indicate that one-fifth of 70-year-olds perform cognitive tests just as well as their 20-year-old counterparts.
And then there is a rare group known as “SuperAgers,” individuals over the age of 80 years who have memories as sharp as healthy people decades younger. The brains of those in this group have been shown to shrink at a slower rate than people of the same age. This group reinforces the fact that age-related cognitive decline is not inevitable.
Brain Optimization at the Yang Institute
The Yang Institute uses Quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG), nutritional supplements and additional therapies to help you achieve your goals: better memory, increased focus, and attention, decreased anxiety, and peak performance; among others.