Can you stand not watching TV or using your phone the entire day? No? Yeah, I thought so. Unfortunately, this addiction to everything digital that we all seem to be afflicted with might be making us dumber.
They say we all have to use our gadgets less than we do – it’s allegedly good for our health. Although that’s good advice if you want to preserve your brain function, do we really have to be tech-averse just to stay sharp?
8 Brain tips to fight digital dementia
If you can’t stay away from gadgets (I know I can’t), here are a few suggestions based on Dr. Small’s pointers on how to prevent brain aging.
Brain tip no. 1:
Acknowledge your role in preventing brain aging
Some people think, “Hey, I’m getting old – being forgetful is natural.”
Well, ain’t that defeatist?
“Two-thirds of risk factors for brain aging are non-genetic and a lot of it is under our control,” says Dr. Gary Small, director of UCLA Longevity Center. “We have to get the message out there that 50 percent of dementia worldwide is attributable to these factors.”
So, basically, fighting brain aging starts in your mind.
Brain tip no. 2: