Grey matters: Easy ways to boost your brain health over 60 1



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Keeping your mind happy and healthy is all-important as we get older. Stimulating the brain can help your working memory, which is what we use to remember and process information such as a new telephone or PIN number. Working memory peaks in our 20s, and tends to decline gradually thereafter, so it’s important to take proactive steps to help our memory capacity.
Here are some simple ideas for improving your brain health:

  • Stimulate the senses – there is always a lot of focus on sight and hearing, but it’s important not to ignore senses with strong links to memory. Creating and maintaining a herb garden is a good way to stimulate other senses like touch and smell, which you can then cook with to trigger your tastebuds.
  • Nature’s brain boosters – many brain enhancers can be found in nature, such curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric from the ginger family, which can support alertness, and working memory (part of short-term memory).
  • Working with numbers – engaging in activities that use numbers can be a powerful way to stimulate the brain. Number puzzles like Sudoku can get your grey matter working, while a trip to the supermarket can stimulate your brain through simple calculations and price checks.
  • Play the game – there are plenty of games you can play alone or with others to keep your brain active. Card games that test your memory like Concentration are great, as well as longer challenges like jigsaw puzzles. Give your grandkids a run for their money by challenging them to a video game; you’ll be surprised at the dexterity some of them require!
  • Get creative – activate both sides of your brain with the arts; visit galleries and discuss the artworks or try your hand at painting or drawing.

If you have any concerns about your cognitive skills or memory, please consult your healthcare professional.

Dr Ross Walker is an eminent practising cardiologist with over 35 years’ experience as a clinician. For the past 20 years he has been focusing on preventative cardiology and is one of Australia’s leading preventative health experts.

Dr Ross Walker

Dr Walker is a leading integrative cardiologist based on the upper north shore of Sydney. He provides a service in all aspects of echocardiography, focusing on stress echocardiography, which is a well-accepted, accurate method for assessing heart disease that does not involve irradiation or injections. Dr Walker commenced stress echocardiography in 1992 and has since performed over 50,000 studies, over 80,000 trans-thoracic echoes and 2,000 trans-oesophageal echoes. Stress echocardiography provides much more information to the practitioner than stress testing, He, along with Dr David Grout & the Sydney Adventist Hospital, pioneered Coronary Calcium scoring in Australia, the most accurate preventative scene for early heart disease. Dr Walker also specialises in the field of preventative cardiology and he has also commenced a related service in arterial screening, which is an indirect measure of endothelial function and arterial stiffness that also does not involve irradiation or injections. He is the author of seven books, including, ‘The Life Factor’ and ‘5 Stages of Health’, and appears regularly as a media commentator including hosting a regular health show on 2UE, a leading Australian radio station. Dr Walker lectures both nationally and internationally on this subject.

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