When in comes to our brain, the notion of “use it or lose it” turns out to be true. The brain is “plastic” and can continue to grow, develop, and make connections well into old age. When you challenge your brain with new and effortful activity, you help to build your “cognitive reserve”. Invest in your brain by keeping it active!
- You are never too old to learn something new. In fact, challenging your brain with mental exercise as you age is just as important as physical activity!
- Like your muscles, your brain improves with use. Continuing to change and learn as you age can actually improve brain function over time and lower your risk of developing dementia.
- Exercising your brain increases “cognitive reserve”, which is your brain’s resilience or ability to cope with stress and challenges.
- It turns out that your brain grows, develops and makes new connections – also known as neuroplasticity – well into old age. Learning new things and challenging your brain boosts this brain development and lends itself to optimal ageing.