The aging brain and it’s diseases are probably some of the scariest things about aging. At least it is for me. Thinking that I may not know who my children are when I look at them makes me sad.
If you know anyone who has or had Alzheimer’s or dementia you know what I am talking about. I had a grandma who had dementia, and while maybe we laughed at the silly things she did or said, I watched my Aunt deal with the difficulties of each day and it was horrifying. The thought of putting my loved ones through this breaks my heart.
I am going to do everything in my power to keep the possibilities for these diseases as low as I can.
Learning a new language increases the size of the hippocampus, which is the area of the brain that is responsible for the forming, storing and retrieving memories. This basically means it will improve your memory.
Also learning a new language has actually been found to postpone the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia by 4.5 years.
This is a big deal and well worth the effort.
Some of the other benefits include better listening skills, better at solving complex problems, more perceptive of surroundings, more creative, and exhibit greater cognitive flexibility.
This does not have to be a complicated or super expensive endeavor. There are cheap apps that can teach different languages, or you can learn from those around you. There are people from all over the world who visit our great country, talk to them and try to communicate in their language, they will be pleased you made the effort.
Working your brain is a very important part of anti-aging, if you have not done so please click the swimming pig down below (mobile) or to the right (desk top) to get my free Top Ten Anti-Aging Tips For the Brain. It’s never too late to start.
Thank you so much for reading! God bless and have a wonderful day!