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The Aging Brain

HEALTH

Created by: Maria Rodriquez, Harini Balakrishnan, and Marilyn Lu

Our booth aims to educate about normal and abnormal changes in our brain and cognition as we age, factors influencing this process, and current research abnormal aging of the brain.

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The Aging Brain

What is normal aging of the brain?

As we get older, it is typical to experience changes in our cognition, which is how we learn about and perceive the world around us. Some people may become more forgetful or take a longer time to learn something new. 

 

Normal Aging of Cognition

  • Forgetting your keys
  • Delayed recall of names
  • Feeling like words on on the “tip of your tongue”

 

Abnormal Aging of Cognition

  • Difficulty understanding written or verbal information
  • Forgetting names of close family members
  • Forgetfulness interferes with daily activites

What impacts cognitive health?

Risk Factors for Decline

  • Brain injury
  • Depression
  • Poor sleep
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol

How to Maintain Cognitive Health

  • Exercise
  • Keep mind active
  • Healthy diet
  • Adequate sleep
  • Social support
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