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One thing that is inevitable if we live long enough is the aging process, and while we are far from discovering the elixir of life, there are a few wise moves that we must learn in order to fight the aging process or even the signs of it. Aside from good skincare habits, maintaining an active lifestyle, and reducing calorie intake, the following tips will help you look and feel younger for longer.
Top Ways to Fight the Aging Process
1. Use your brain
Your brain shrinks as you age. Memory decline also occurs with ageing and brain activation becomes more bilateral for memory tasks which is why you must keep your brain healthy as you age. Brain scans show that when people use their brains in unaccustomed ways, more blood flows into different areas of the brain, and new neural pathways form. We need to keep our brains engaged to maintain mental agility and function. Whether it’s a crossword puzzle, chess, Sudoku, or a university degree, try giving your brain a challenge every day. Studies also show that more frequent participation in mentally stimulating activities will keep your mind sharp and can lead to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Be sociable
Socializing ranks up there with diet and exercise on the “aging” ladder of importance. It’s been proven that seniors who enjoy an active social life can extend their lives by years. Research shows that people who are part of a group—whether it’s a church or a book club—are healthier than solitary people when they are older, and that the wider the range of relationships (family, friends, work and so on) a person has, the less cognitive decline they will experience with aging. There is an abundance of benefits for socializing other than life extension —stress reduction, a feeling of importance and high self esteem are just a few of the benefits.