MultiBriefs: Exclusive | As we age, brain health linked to fitness level


People are living longer, and while that is a good thing, growing older in today’s world presents challenges. In a 2009 Pew Research Center survey, about 1 in 4 adults ages 65 and older reported experiencing memory loss. About 1 in 5 said they had a serious illness, were not sexually active, or often felt sad or depressed. Roughly 1 in 6 reported they were lonely or had trouble paying bills. Also, 1 in 7 could not drive, and 1 in 10 felt they weren’t needed or were a burden to others. It has been established that the effects of aging on the brain and cognition are widespread and have multiple etiologies. Aging has its effects on the molecules, cells, vasculature, gross morphology and cognition. Continue.