While researching the aging brain, three highlights stood out. The first one was that regular physical activity in older adults could improve functional independence, immunity, reduce obesity, improve health metabolism, and overall quality of life (Santrock, 2019). More specifically, allocating more time to higher physical activity intensities while reducing sedentary behavior and mild PA duration can improve older people’s functioning. Software-based cognitive training games used to improve cognitive function in the elderly is another highlight. A 6-year-old multitasking video game that simulates everyday driving experiences, for example, has improved memory, attention retention, and memory reduction. The final noteworthy finding was that older people reported how frequently they engaged in six daily activities (reading, writing, crossword puzzles, card or board games, group discussions, and music).
Exercise and general physical activities boost one’s immune system’s and overall body performance. This is especially important for the elderly, as their immune systems are often weakened. Even light exercise, such as walking, can aid in the prevention of illnesses. Furthermore, some research suggests that regular exercise improves cognitive function in people with memory loss. Another option that is so important, and is evident in the material getting enough sleep. Sleep that is consistent and of high quality is said to improve overall health and lower the risk of cognitive decline (Santrock, 2019). The human body, including the brain, requires a certain amount of regular sleep to perform various essential functions. Every night, people over the age of 65 should get at least seven to eight hours of sleep. This is because getting the rest they require is critical to their physical and mental health. A good night’s sleep keeps the brain and memory healthy. Inadequate sleep has for a long time been associated with negatively attention span and short-term memory of aged people. Sleep deprivation affects one’s ability to make decisions as well as their long-term memory.
Santrock, J. (2019). A topical approach to life-span development.10th ed. McGraw-Hill Education.