2018 – WEDNESDAY 16 MAY
SUPER PERFORMERS IN OLD AGE
“They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,”
Experts have identified a number of factors which have led to seniors being healthy and active in their latter years.
In fact, they have noticed that the parts of the brain that shrink in the ageing process – were the size of a person twenty years their junior – in these super performers.
They identified the following…
1. SOCIAL INTERACTION
The greatest single contributor to brain health was identified as social engagement and interaction.
People who got out more and mixed more and socialised more – were more likely to retain brain health for longer.
People who tended to isolate themselves and retreat to their cave were more likely to suffer from brain degeneration.
2. RESILIENCE IN HARDSHIP
Another factor identified – was that most of these people had suffered hardship and difficulty in one form or another – but had resolutely committed to seeing it through and overcoming its impact.
3. VARIETY OF BACKGROUNDS
Also noted – was that people with high performing brains into their old age – came from all different backgrounds.
There was no class distinction that determined brain function into old age.
Brain heath had much more to do with how you “handled the journey” of life – than where you started.
HANDLING YOUR JOURNEY
People who found a way to laugh and be happy – no matter their circumstance – were not only keeping their soul healthy – but were actually keeping their brain muscle healthy.
2. HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
People who spent their time building and maintaining healthy friendships also had healthier brains in old age.
Love, acceptance, and forgiveness are the three keys to a healthy relationship.
Learning to be content in life is one of the greatest brain health factors of all.
Contentment is not laziness.
Just the opposite. It is learning to be content when working hard toward a goal.
It is not obsessing over what you do not have – but learning to value and enjoy what you do have.
AGE IS AN ATTITUDE – NOT A DATE ON A CALENDAR