Dec 26, 2022
With Board-Certified Neurology Specialist, Dr. Marina Novikova
As we grow older, it’s only natural that our bodies don’t respond as they once did. Our hearing or eyesight might not be what it used to be, our reflexes may be a bit slower, and our balance might be off. Just as our bodies age, our brains might also begin showing signs of cognitive decline. We find ourselves misplacing keys or cell phones, and even forgetting the names of people or places we’ve known for years. While it’s not uncommon for our brains to slow down as we age, it’s also not inevitable. Even if we do notice a change, there are numerous ways we can slow the progression of any cognitive disability, and even improve our memory. The same healthy habits that are already linked to better physical health can also help maximize brain health. Sometimes, things like limiting alcohol and sugar consumption, avoiding tobacco, and exercising regularly help keep our bodies healthy and lessen the risk of early cognitive decline.
There are other ways we can stay mentally active and alert. If you
would like to learn more about the simple changes you can begin taking today to maximize your brain’s cognitive ability, then you’ll want to hear my interview with board-certified neurology specialist, Dr. Marina Novikova with Henry Ford Health.
What You’ll Hear in This Episode:
As we age, our brains slow down and begin to show signs of mental decline. But we can slow normal cognitive impairment by taking steps to optimize memory and brain function. Just as with a computer, our brain functions as the body's hard drive and control panel. But it requires regular care and proper maintenance. Just as we engage in physical exercise to strengthen and tone our bodies, we need to exercise our mind too in order to maintain functionality and overall brain health. We stay mentally active by continuing to set goals and try new things. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
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