Kaarin Anstey | How To Age Better
Declining memory and brain function shouldn’t be assumed to be a normal part of ageing. It’s just one that many of us have come to expect and even accept… But we don’t have to.
Getting older is the cause for a lot of anxiety. It’s no surprise - ageing is almost universally stigmatized by advertising, the media and pop culture. We worry about losing our looks, our stamina and fitness. And it’s not just physical, there is also an expectation that getting older means brain function and memory will decline too.
While some of these changes are inevitable, there are some that can be easily prevented. Eating well, socialising with friends, doing puzzles and staying active have all been shown to dramatically reduce the chance of developing dementia - but in order to achieve the full benefit you need to act now. By the time you reach your senior years, the effects of lifestyle will have accumulated over decades which is why it’s important that we make these small but impactful shifts to our lives now to ensure that when we finally do reach old age, can enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle.
In 10 minutes or the length of time it takes to finish a sudoku puzzle, Professor Kaarin Anstey will share some easy tips on preventing dementia.
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Kaarin Anstey is a Scientia Professor Anstey and ARC Laureate Fellow in the School of Psychology at UNSW Sydney. Kaarin was the Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (2011-17) and is Co-Deputy Director of the current ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (2017-2024) where she also co-leads the Cognitive and Decision Making Stream. Kaarin is Chair of the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention, and a member of the Governance Committee of the Global Council on Brain Health, an initiative supported by the American Association of Retired Persons and AgeUK.