The Aging Brain on Music, Exercise, and Animals
We know that music, pets, and exercise make us feel good - but did you know they can also make our aging brains stronger?
It used to be that getting older meant forgetting more, slowing down, and acting more and more like our grandparents. But no more. We can add years to our lives and boost our brain power by learning to play an instrument, jog around the block, or even bond with our dog.
Science shows that the best thing we can do to keep our brains healthy is to stay active - both physically and mentally. And the best news is that we don't have to begin when we're young. It is never too late to start. And we don't just keep our brains strong when we play an instrument or exercise. We grow new brain cells that build a more flexible brain that resists shrinkage.
This hour, we'll talk to three doctors who'll convince us to re-think how we think about aging.