Diet And Active
Lifestyle Tackle Memory Loss
lifestyle and a healthy, fish-rich diet are not only good for
your heart, they may also help tackle the memory
loss associated with old age.
live longer, finding ways of halting the decline in mental agility
is becoming increasingly important, said Professor Ian Robertson,
director of the Institute of Neuroscience at Trinity College
threat to being able to function well and properly is our brains,"
he told journalists at the British Association for the Advancement
of Science meeting in Dublin.
very strong evidence, particularly in the over-50s, that the
degree to which you maintain your mental faculties depends on
a handful of quite simple environmental factors," he said, having
identified seven key areas.
fit, avoided high stress
levels and enjoyed a rich and varied social life are better
equipped to stay alert as they age. Mental stimulation, learning
new things and simply thinking young also help.
compiled for the University of Kent and the charity Age Concern
showed ageism was rife in Britain where people, on average,
see youth as ending at 49 and old age beginning at 65.
said such attitudes were not helpful given the number of 80-year-olds
who remain "sharp as pins."
start to think of yourself as old when you are 60, which is
no longer justified, you will behave old," he said.
conducted by his Trinity College colleague Professor Marina
Lynch showed healthy eating was another key requirement for
staying on the ball, according to Robertson.
new research showed fish oils may reduce the cell inflammation
that triggers a decline in memory.
have identified the anti-inflammatory properties as well as
the restorative qualities of omega-3,"
she said of the essential fatty acid found in supplements like
cod liver oil and fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon and tuna.
believed to protect the brain against the damage caused by
disease, omega-3 has also been linked with maintaining
healthy hearts and joints.
the biggest surprise of the latest discovery was that omega-3
appeared not only to replace anti-inflammatories that dwindle
with age but also to stem a corresponding rise in chemicals
that cause the cell inflammation in the first place.
seem to cobble together to restore the ability of people to
maintain memory as they grow older," she said, pointing to a
study by the University of Aberdeen showing a diet rich in fatty
fish slowed the brain's aging process.