“Cognitive well being is [your] capacity to assume clearly, study, and bear in mind,” explains Julie Rowin, M.D., FAAN, DABMA, integrative neurologist at Verde Valley Naturopathic Medication.
This features a vary of crucial mind capabilities, resembling consideration, reasoning, response time, and reminiscence. It additionally contains your capacity to course of info, navigate relationships, and develop plans and conclusions, provides Rowin.
Nonetheless, as with all components of the physique, the mind (and subsequently, cognitive well-being) naturally modifications as you age. For starters, neurons (nerve cells) shrink over time, which reduces grey matter within the mind.
Grey matter is the tissue concerned in day by day cognitive functioning. Neurogenesis, or the manufacturing of latest nerve cells, additionally slows down later in life, which may finally affect optimum cognition.
These modifications are a traditional a part of getting older, which means everybody experiences them to a point as they age. “Some older people might discover that they’re not as quick as youthful adults on duties that require studying and reminiscence,” Rowin explains.
Different cognitive capabilities resembling consideration and decision-making may additionally shift with age.