3 Common Brain Health Myths — Busted

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Yes, your brain will change as you get older, but if you think that every change is beyond your control, here’s some good news: You have the power to improve your thinking skills, your cognitive functions and your overall brain health.

That was a key takeaway from a report by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). Ready for some more myth busting? Read on.

Want to find out about other common brain health myths? Read 6 Myths of Brain Health

Myth 1: You can’t learn after a certain age

The opposite is true. In fact, your brain thrives when you give it a challenge. Try starting something new that excites you, like enrolling in a dance class or diving into a cause.

Myth 2: Brain maintenance takes hard work

You need to work to keep your brain young. But the work should be fun and enjoyable, not a chore. The GCBH leadership suggests doing more of what you already love (gardening, for example). Or try something you’ve admired from a distance, like playing the piano or researching your family tree.

Myth 3: Flexing your mental muscles counts most

Physical exercise holds the real key to a youthful brain. The GCBH report notes that physical activity is one of the best-studied methods for maintaining brain health. In one study, for example, middle-aged adults who exercised were 40 percent less likely to develop thinking or memory problems, compared with those who didn’t exercise. Bottom line: Keep moving!

Learn more by reading Debunking Common Memory Myths

This content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide any expert, professional or specialty advice or recommendations. Readers are urged to consult with their medical providers for all questions.

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