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Brain Health: Next Big Challenge

We were shocked to find that cognitive health begins to degrade in our 20s and 30s after a fascinating discussion about whether managers should think about brain health. Here’s a little more from Sarah Lenz Lock, SVP Policy & Brain Health, Executive Director of the Global Council on Brain Health.

Brain Health: Next Big Challenge

Cognitive issues in US

Growing life expectancy all over the world has been one of society’s biggest accomplishments. Over the past century, there has been a 25-year increase in lifespan. That is fantastic news. The bad news is that becoming older is the single largest non-modifiable risk factor for the disorders that cause dementia, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s.

Brain Health: Next Big Challenge

As the population grows, the number of people living with dementia in the United States is expected to skyrocket, rising from about 6 million in 2020 to 14 million by 2050. In addition, as the stress and costs of caring for loved ones with dementia are increasing, the number of available caregivers is decreasing due to diminishing birth rates.

Nothing much we can do about aging, but?

It is normal to believe that cognitive loss is an unavoidable aspect of ageing, but this is not the case. Aging is a contributing factor for neurological disorders that cannot be changed, but it is far from the only risk factor. The science shows that safe lifestyle decisions can decrease population-level chances of cognitive loss, and there are useful ways to protect brain health as you age.

The Global Council on Brain Health has already released ten studies on modifiable lifestyle causes, as well as guidelines and realistic advice on how to reduce your dangers to brain health – as well as correcting any myths along the route. Exercise, for example, benefits both your brain and your physical wellbeing.

Playing a musical instrument and socialising with peers are all tasks that will improve cognitive capacity. In the other hand, many people take vitamins to support brain function despite the fact that there is no reliable proof that they function to delay or reverse cognitive deterioration (unless you are a rare American adult with a vitamin deficiency).

Perhaps more enticing to managers and staff, the GCBH has proof that the earlier you begin to promote improved brain function, the more likely your brain will be in better condition over the course of your life.

Why promote brain health?

Employers must take notice that balanced, age-diverse, multigenerational teams of workers are beneficial to the bottom line. By 2024, 35% of the American workforce will be above the age of 50. However, you will be surprised to learn that I do not think this is the main reason that employers or staff should be concerned with brain wellbeing.

According to a 2020 AARP poll, 83 percent of global business leaders agree that multigenerational workforces are critical to their businesses’ growth and long-term sustainability. An age-diverse population encourages flexibility because older jobs have lower rates of unexpected attrition, and mixed age teams show improved efficiency and creativity.

There’s something about age diversity in the workplace that tends to improve competitiveness when team members exchange insights learned from previous experience, sparking new solutions to challenges and preventing expensive errors.

By promoting healthy mental fitness, the people of all ages will be better able to learn, reason, and recall, and will be able to contribute to those high-performing multigenerational teams for a longer period of time. 

Aside from that, employers should be concerned and their workers are concerned. Brain wellbeing may be a well-being campaign that really resonates with people.

Relevance of brain health for all ages?

Simply closing the awareness gap that there are easy behavioral improvements that will reduce the chances of cognitive loss when you mature has the potential to keep even more brains stable over the decades while still assisting companies to succeed. Although it is true that it is never too late to begin, it is also true that it is never too early to begin when it comes to brain wellbeing.

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