Q: Does getting older always mean losing mental ability?
A: Part of normal brain aging may mean a slowing of mental processing, especially in your memory. Although many patients ask, it’s difficult to prescribe any particular type of mental exercise for your brain, though learning things that get you out of your normal routine can help, such as learning a new language or trying a different type of puzzle.
But your best option is physical activity: Research has shown that aerobic exercise — such as walking, swimming, biking or hiking — for about 30 minutes a day, five times a week can promote the release of growth factors in the brain that create new cells.
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