Did you know that the nation’s 65+ year old population is projected to double within the next 20 years, and that the number of older Americans will outnumber children for

the first time in history?

May is Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate healthy aging – and a good reminder to take steps today to enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being down the road. Small changes can have a big impact on health. Eating a variety of nutritious foods, maintaining your weight and following a daily exercise routine can go a long way to increasing the quality of your lifespan. Following the MIND diet is believed t to prevent or slow down cognitive decline disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Quality sleep is another part of the healthy aging recipe mix, and scientists have found that cat naps are essential. In a recent study, people who napped for 30-90 minutes were found to have better word recall than those who napped for more than 90 minutes, or who did not nap at all. Better word recall is associated with good memory.   In addition, learning new skills helps the brain develop more healthy synapses that play an important role in memory.

Chiropractic care is also beneficial to the healthy aging process; regular care can help slow the progression of arthritis, alleviate pain and help keep the spine and nervous system interference-free to help you function at your maximum potential. 

Since attention is a core function for number of cognitive processes, neurofeedback brain-wave training is an attractive non-pharmacological option for seniors to enhance brain function and performance. Without side effects or any contraindications, neurofeedback brain-wave training can help improve working memory and attention, and has the added bonus of promoting better quality of sleep. For more information, check out the study below,  or call our office 631.265.1223.