The brain is a complex organ and this means that there is a lot to understand about how it functions. This aspect however gives rise to myths and beliefs about the brain that are very misleading. In this article, we are going to examine some of these myths about the aging brain and set the record straight.
Aging Brain Can’t Learn New Things
This is a demonstratively false assertion that is easily nullified by the fact that people learn new skills and knowledge every day, regardless of their age. There are thousands of senior Americans learning skills such as photography, art, and so on. Some even take up new academic challenges by enrolling in diploma and degree courses. In fact, scientists say that learning new skills may help improve memory functions and may lead to lower levels of stress. This is why your loved one is encouraged to participate in many different activities that will stimulate their brain and help them have greater mental health.
No New Neurons Are Formed After Birth
While it is true that many of our brain cells, known as neurons, are formed at birth, the idea that no new neurons are created during our lifespan is wrong. Scientists have noted that many new cells are formed, especially in the areas in our brain that control learning and memory. In fact, this process is under study by scientists who hope that by understanding how this process works, they can help create interventions for degenerative conditions and memory loss.
The Brain Is a Total Mystery
This is also not true. While there are aspects of our brains that are yet to be understood, scientists have a pretty good idea of how the brain works. Research on the way the brain works has been going on for ages and there is a rich wealth of information about this important organ.
Memory Loss Is Inevitable
Again nothing can be further from the truth. Memory loss and mental degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s are caused by many different factors. A stroke for example can cause such problems and there are genetic factors to consider. But the reality is that not all people develop these problems. In fact, many Americans retain their cognitive and memory functions for all of their natural lives. It is normal for example not to remember an old friend that you bump into at the gas station. This does not mean that you are suffering from memory loss or Alzheimer’s.
Nothing Can Stop the Process of Memory Loss
This is completely untrue. There are interventions that can slow down, halt or even reverse memory loss problems. The SHINE® Memory Care program curriculum for example at Blue Ridge assisted living community can help your loved one live a life that is more independent in case they are suffering from memory loss. Eating the right kind of food, lowering stress, and being physically and mentally active can all help in managing memory loss problems.