Mental fitness is not really about what you think about all day. You might think you’re mentally fit because you’re shopping, driving, finding parking, carrying parcels, planning the evening’s supper, working through business meetings – but even with all that engagement you may mentally exhausted, running on auto with your mind cluttered with other chores, commitments or intractable problems. The result of all your busyness may be something forgotten, a mistake in calculations and some confusion over an arrangement, or depression about a range of circumstances in your life currently. Sound familiar?
Being forgetful is not necessarily due to age. You can be forgetful at any age. Stress can make you forgetful or poor eating habits or lack of exercise or even hormones going awry can reduce the ability to recollect quickly. Depression, strokes, side effects of medication, and even alcoholism can lead to memory loss. But none of it means you have dementia or the first signs of Alzheimer’s.
Despite all of this, as we age, forgetting things can become frustrating and worrisome.
Supplements have become big business in the last couple of decades. No matter at which stage of life you are, ensuring you have the right nutritional intake is important. But there is some argument as to whether it is merely a matter of good diet, or if supplements do truly boost our energy and immune systems. For older people however, there is definitely evidence to suggest that as we age, a good diet on its own may not be enough.
Some say that keeping young mentally is more important than bodily fitness as you age. That’s not entirely true. To ensure mental fitness in old age, you also need to keep physically active. Physical fitness contributes to both mental agility and good physical health. Being as active as possible is the critical key to all-round health in movement, outlook and energy.