Then you worry about whether your brain will stay in shape later in life.
A pair of studies, out this week, tell us a little about mental decline and how to battle it.
According to one OHSU researcher involved in the research, their study shows that Alzheimer’s may not be the only culprit.
Because the changes before death affect several areas of the brain’s functioning, beyond memory, this suggests that more than a single disease is responsible, said Hiroko Dodge, an associate professor of neurology at Oregon Health and Science University and co-author of a commentary accompanying the study.
Can people do anything to prevent the mind from declining in old age? A second study suggests that’s a possibility — through activities such as reading, playing board games, and doing crossword puzzles.
You can read more about the research in U.S. News.