Despite the fact that the brain, and consequently the mind, deteriorates over time, there have been a few elderly individuals who have exhibited mental and cognitive abilities that are significantly higher than those of their aged peers, and this could be a result of better utilization or optimization of neural circuitry. The particular cause for such cognitive prowess has not been discovered yet, but there are actions that can be performed which can help maximize cognition and mental functions as one becomes older.
- In most people, the brain starts to shrink and produce fewer neurotransmitters in the 30s or even the 30s, with these changes continuing over time.
- However, there are also “superagers” whose brains are still as active and sharp as when they were in their 20s.
- Having a more mentally challenging job tends to be associated with better aging, because using your brain can help prevent you from losing it.
“To date, there is some preliminary evidence of ways that you can keep your brain younger longer.”