Updated on 2 March 2017
What is the current scenario when it comes to awareness about brain health? Does brain health earn the same attention in aging population as compared to heart diseases or diabetes?
Brain health and awareness is growing among seniors, the age group that is generally most affected by brain health related issues. It is also growing amongst people who know someone, a friend or family member, who has been affected by diseases and afflictions that affect the brain.
However, there is far less attention paid to brain health outside of these groups, especially in the younger demographics. Many younger people mistakenly think that brain aging is only a problem for the elderly, or that it is not as important as other chronic diseases they may be vulnerable to.
Many people will commit to exercise, specific diets and taking certain supplements to improve various aspects of their physical health in an effort to prevent conditions like heart disease and diabetes, but forget about their brain. The brain needs just as much attention as the heart, lungs, bones and muscles.
We should be thinking about our brain health as early as in our mid-twenties - when, at a cellular level, our brains begin to show signs of age-related cognitive decline. Unlike many other age-related afflictions (like arthritis), every one of us will experience some form of age-related cognitive decline.